Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Wow! That was fast!

I posted yesterday that ninety eight percent of English teachers say they want to teach the bible so that the children can understand history and literature more easily according to a survey published April 21, 2005. Today, a school district in Odessa, Texas has voted to allow the bible to be taught as part of their high school curriculum.
Barring any hurdles, the class should be added to the curriculum in fall 2006 and taught as a history or literature course. The school board still must develop a curriculum, which board member Floy Hinson said should be open for public review. (snip)

The board had heard a presentation in March from Mike Johnson, a representative of the Greensboro, N.C.-based National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, who said that coursework designed by that organization is not about proselytizing or preaching. (snip)

"How can students understand Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' or Handel's 'Messiah' if they don't understand the reference from which they came?" Johnson said. (snip)

I am sure there will be court battles to come. Stay tuned.

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