My daughter starts middle school next fall. I attended a parent orientation at which I learned that in addition to the usual courses offered, she will have to choose an elective each semester. The public school is in the IB (International Baccalaureate) Programme. In addition to English, a foreign language (French, Spanish or German), Humanities (Ancient Civilizations), Math, Science and Computers, she will have to choose from the following electives: Band or Strings (all year) or Chorus/Art/Bible History (choose two). Here is the description of the Bible History class:
Bible History - Grades 6-8
Teacher: XXXXXXXXXX (I've deleted the teacher's name)
In Bible History the text is the Bible. Historical setting, customs, maps, etc. are utilized to enhance stories in the text. The sixth grade course focuses on Genesis and students study (1) early civilization according to the book of Genesis and (2) the forefathers (patriarchs) of the nation of Israel. The seventh grade course covers the book of Exodus. In this class we study the life of Moses and the development of the nation of Israel. It takes the nation from slavery in Egypt to freedom and includes some to the experiences on their way to Canaan, “the promised land” Also included will be an introduction of the origin and development of the Bible and where the book of Exodus fits in the story of the Bible. Eight graders study the Life of Jesus as told in the book of Luke. It will include some information from Matthew, Mark and John. There will be an entire unit on the historical setting of Jesus’ life.
This, I reiterate, is a public school. They aren't offering any other religion courses, and seem to be offering this "history" class as if it is fact--notice that the only text for the class is the bible itself. I'm not sure how I feel about this. It doesn't seem very well-rounded for a public school, and the principal has been chastised for leading the student body in prayer at graduation and other school events. I have to admit I find it unsettling. I haven't decided yet whether to question the principal or the school board about it, though.
What are your thoughts on this?Answer Question
Answer by layh41407 at 5:25 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:26 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 5:27 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
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Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:29 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by neebug3766 at 5:29 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
OP, I know we live in the same area so I am curious as to which middle school this is. You can pm me if you want to.
Answer by JeremysMom at 5:29 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:31 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:31 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
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