Okay, this is a test. Can you sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”? How many verses?
Someone recently asked me if students still say the pledge of allegiance in class. I told them I can’t speak for anyone else, but the ones in my classroom said the pledge each day. However, what has been missing from the daily school schedule for many years is patriotic songs. Okay, I’m sure there are schools where someone still leads their class in “It’s a Grand Old Flag” or “The Star Spangled Banner”, but I’m betting that “Yankee Doodle” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” are forgotten oldies.
When I was a youthful student we sang patriotic songs in our regular classroom, each day, and learned more than the first verse. In addition to the ones mentioned above, I remember singing “God Bless America”, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (aka America) and others like “Home on the Range”. At one school that I attended there was a group of young cadets who wore uniforms, raised the flag each day, and participated in school programs.
Music has the power to inspire and unite us so I hope there are a few teachers out there who are still using that power in their classroom.
Good memories, but now I can't stop humming...