Should children know the National Anthem if Steven Tyler Doesn't? (VIDEO)

Over the weekend, Steven Tyler sang the national anthem at the Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots game, and he messed up the words a little.

Though there was more fuss about his pitch (yes, it was that bad!) than his blip, it raises the question about whether our children should know the words to the Star-Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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Growing up during the Cold War meant that many school-agers recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in class. I was one of them. It instilled national pride in many youngsters during a time our country needed it. The Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner still give me goosebumps.

My son’s school is not in the practice of saluting the flag every morning, and something tells me not many schools do either. Based on conversations with other parents whose children attend public and private schools, a tight curriculum makes it hard to fit in pledging.  Instead, my son's exposure mostly comes from singing loudly and proudly at sporting events.  

In an era where immigration and citizenship are hot topics, should we make sure our Latino children know the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner?