Rou- NO schools in the US are allowed to require us to say the pledge.
My dad was one of the kids tormented by the mandatory prayer. He had a teacher who made the class say the lord's prayer (is that supposed to have capitals? I don't know) and he refused. He got in trouble every day. That school year the Supreme Court made the ruling that it could not be required in public schools. The day after the ruling he asked the teacher at the beginning of class "So, are you going to make us say the prayer today?" He was a total snot....
That experience survived, he still doesn't think there's a problem with the pledge. Legally (he's a lawyer) he also believes that it's not unConstitutional.
This is an edited (so the sensors don't puke on it) quote from him.