Every day, in classrooms around the country, students start off their day by standing, placing their hands over their hearts and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They may not understand why they do it, they may not even care about the words that they're saying, but they do it, mostly because that's what you do at the start of the school do.
According to the Official Texas GOP Platform, this a good thing. And I quote:
Students should pledge allegiance to the United States and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism.
Maybe I'm just a bad citizen, but the Pledge never instilled much of anything in me. It was just another part of the day, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it beat that never got brought up when my parents asked me what I did at school that day. It was maybe the most unimportant thing I did in between getting picked up and dropped off at school.
And if that sounds terrible, ask yourself when the last time you said the Pledge in the comfort of your own home to an audience of no one. Yeah, exactly.
So if daily brainwashing isn't going to be the thing that instills our youth with warm and fuzzy feelings about the good 'ol USA of, what will? I'm glad you asked.