Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Teachers want more Bible

A new survey released April 21 by the John Templeton and Gallup Research reveals that most teachers want the bible taught in the class. The survey sponsored by the group Bible Literacy Project found that students who did not a have any knowledge of the bible were at a distinct disadvantage in their academic training.
Virtually all -- 98 percent -- of high school English teachers surveyed for a new Gallup poll say understanding the Bible gives students a distinct educational advantage. Survey researcher Marie Wachlin (WAHK'-lin) said students who lack biblical knowledge are "clueless" when it comes to
understanding many references that are common in English literature.

The survey also found that most teenagers were not very well versed in basic bible facts. That is sad. Because that tells me that Christian parents are not spending very much time teaching biblical truths to their children. Or that what they are teaching is not retained as relevant knowledge to the child. That finding is similar to the results published by the Barna Research Group. The Bible says in Psalm 78 says
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God,
Parents are responsible for teaching biblical truth to their children and are commanded to do so. We are failing the next generation when we don't teach them the bible. I am encouraged that there are teachers who want to teach the bible as literature but saddened that Christian parents won't take the time to teach the bible as TRUTH. It's the eternal advantages that motivate me to teach my children not the academic ones.

For those who may be interested Bible Literacy has a blog. Thanks Sarah for letting me know. The link to their post about the survey is here.

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