Amanda Bauman is a first grade teacher in Texas who said her students did something "amazing" after she began teaching them about American history.
"In public school we're kind of warned about speaking of religion," Bauman began, speaking with Glenn Beck on his Blaze TV program. "I went to your Miracles and Massacres Museum and I was really inspired by that. Some of that I didn't even know existed. The Bible that came from the Mayflower, I actually saw that, and the [Normandy] flag. I was just inspired. I wanted my kids to know these things."
Bauman said she knows her students are only first graders, but "they still need to know the basics."
"So Thanksgiving came around and we're supposed to teach, 'Why did the Pilgrims come here?'" Bauman continued. "And one of the videos we showed was, 'They came here for religious freedom.' And I went with that. I said they came here because they wanted to worship God the way they wanted."
Bauman said her students didn't know they had churches in the time of the pilgrims, and it spurred a conversation that excited them. "They believed in God, too!" they said.
Bauman said she used to be afraid to speak about religion, and many of her fellow educators are the same way. But she has decided it is important that the next generation knows why this country was founded, and "your freedom is something you should value."
On Veterans Day, she said, something happened that brought back her "faith in education." Her children were writing letters to veterans, and she was playing "God Bless America" when one student stood up and started saying the pledge of allegiance.
"And then the rest of them stood up and started doing it," Bauman added with a smile. "I didn't spur that. They just did it because they were so proud of our soldiers. They were writing to them. They said, 'They're our heroes.' They felt so patriotic at that moment, and it was just amazing."
"God bless the state of Texas," Beck concluded.
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