How do you feel about this?
Answer by mom2BOYZnDad at 11:56 AM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by stvmen88 at 11:46 AM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by MaryJane849 at 11:58 AM on Aug. 18, 2009
Hmmm....i'm not really sure what I think of this and I'm Pagan. This social studies teacher claims it's to show how the bible has swayed government decisions...at least that's how I interpreted what he said here:
"it is just to appreciate the profound impact that it has had on our history and on our government."
If that's the case, then it doesn't really sound like a Christian based cirriculum, but rather an open view of how the government/history is influenced by the bible's teachings. Â It opens the door for students to debate whether or not the bible is the main focus of laws passed or not passed and other discussions that branch out from that topic. Â Depends on whether the kids are allowed to openly share their views or whether they are forced to "think" one way only.
Answer by CinderAmethyst at 12:07 PM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 PM on Aug. 18, 2009
I just recently heard about this, so I looked into it finding some recent information regarding it.
"A new law soon will require all Texas public school districts to offer a Bible-as-literature course if 15 or more students express interest. State legislators approved new guidelines to teach--not preach--the Bible and how it has influenced literature, history, art, and culture. The Bible-based curriculum will be offered to students as elective courses." Source
With it being offered as an elective, I'm less bothered by it. However, I think the legislation should have made a World Religions class mandatory if 15 or more students showed interest, that way no religion would be "favored" over another.
Answer by KelleyP77 at 12:12 PM on Aug. 18, 2009
I am on the fence about this. It is true a lot of modern history and art was based on the bible, and for kids to understand some of these things they need to understand how it all ties in. I worry though that it could start off with good intentions, but go really wrong. I would be slightly worried about it going off into a preaching direction.
Answer by Alanaplus3 at 12:36 PM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 12:38 PM on Aug. 18, 2009
Answer by drink-lover at 12:59 PM on Aug. 18, 2009