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I choose to reflect on case study 5.1, “Protesting the Pledge,” (Gorski & Pothini, 2018, p. 39). In this case study, Mr. Harrold over heard students discussing a professional athlete’s choice to not stand during the national anthem (Gorski & Pothini, 2018). Caylee and another student not named in class thought this player caused his team to lose, by being a distraction or karma for not respecting the American flag (Gorski & Pothini, 2018). Mr. Harrold later wondering about his decision to not address the students, but felt the teachable moment had passed (Gorski & Pothini, 2018). Several weeks later Mr. Harrold was faced with another decision when he again overheard students discussing a classmate, Kate, not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance (Gorski & Pothini, 2018). When asked Kate explained that she didn’t believe that liberty and justice existed for everyone in our country. (Gorski & Pothini, 2018). As Mr. Harrold reflect he was interrupted and met face to face with a student questions, “ do you think it’s disrespectful to not stand for the Pledge or the national anthem? Isn’t it a school rule that we have to stand?” (Gorski & Pothini, 2018, pg 40). When identifying biases and inequities in this study I found the students and the teacher, Mr. Harrold, held preconceived biases. The students in the original conversation about the professional football player,

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