Seeing this on my facebook wall, since we live right over the NC line and are from NC : "A new bill is being proposed which would allow North Carolina public schools to offer bible study classes for academic credit.
These elective classes will cover the Old Testament, the New Testament, or a combination of both. What do you think about the possibility of N.C. schools offering bible study classes?"
I, myself, think there is no reason for Bible study classes in school. I'm not opposed to world religions classes, or religious history classes, but teaching the Bible as truth in school, or whatever Bible "study" means in this context, even as an elective, bothers me. That some students could get credit for a class that teaches things that may or may not be factual and doesn't actually lend to any sort of real educational merit is something I can't agree with. I don't mind objective religious classes that teach what is provable - those like I already mentioned - but something that leads only toward indoctrination or interpretation, etc, just doesn't seem right. I also tend to agree with the quote near the end of the second link discussing why such a class would be problematic.Answer Question
Answer by LostSoul88 at 1:11 PM on Feb. 28, 2013
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 1:22 PM on Feb. 28, 2013
I think if it were proposed as a religious philosophy class (like one offered in college) designed to promote deep thought, for high school students only, as an elective it wouldn't bother me. But, yes, just teaching the Bible as a set truth is worrisome.
Answer by 3libras at 1:24 PM on Feb. 28, 2013
It bothers me. We have a "Bible History" class offered as an elective at my daughter's school. The group behind it is not secretive about its motives: to bring the Bible into schools through any method possible. The problem I have is that they approach the Bible as an actual history book, when there is little evidence to support any of the stories in it. It's a thinly veiled attempt to validate and promote the Christian faith in public schools, and I oppose that. That is not, and should not be, the purpose of public education. Teach the Bible in Church, in Sunday School, in Bible Study held in places of worship, but not in public schools. Period.
Answer by jsbenkert at 1:26 PM on Feb. 28, 2013
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