He speaks at a fund-raiser for a Christian school and, naturally, touts the benefit of church schools.

Many public schools do not teach students where they came from and the basics of this country, Huckabee said. That means they often don’t understand the basis of liberty and life provided for in the Declaration of Independence, he said.

When he was a student, things occurred in schools that don’t happen in most mainstream schools today, he said: It was OK for kids to believe in God, they said the pledge of allegiance each day and prayed before lunch.

“I don’t think that any kid really got warped from that,” he said.