SANTA ROSA, Texas — Dozens of students from a high school in Texas showed their support on Monday for a math teacher who was reportedly reprimanded for speaking about God in the classroom.
More than 50 students from Santa Rosa High School gathered outside the school yesterday chanting and holding signs in advocacy for algebra teacher Charles Zeissel.
“If speaking the word of God is wrong, then I don’t want to be right,” one sign read. “A good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others,” another stated.
According to reports, officials approached Zeissel last week over concerns that he had been talking to students about God and reciting the Bible in class.
Santa Rosa ISD Superintendent Heriberto Villarreal told KGBT-TV that “board policy does not allow the promotion of religion during class time.”
Students thought that perhaps Zeissel had been disciplined for speaking about his Christian faith, or possibly even suspended or fired, but Villareal said that Zeissel was not punished.
“Zeissel! Zeissel!” students chanted as they faced traffic.
Zeissel arrived to teach class on Monday, meeting with parents and students before class.
Harvard College, the first institution of higher learning in America, wrote into its 1642 laws the requirement that students place Christ at the forefront of their studies.
“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3),” its founders declared. “And seeing the Lord only gives wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2:3).”
“Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of the language and the logic, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding, to the simple (Psalm 119:130),” the laws outlined.