Should the Bible Be Taught in Public School?

Statement

Bible appreciation should be taught as a public high school elective.

Q1 Analysis

This is not a Q1 violation unless you believe that religion should be completely off-limits in public schools.

Q2 Analysis

This is not a Q2 violation unless you would not allow other religious texts to be taught in the same way.

Discussion

We’re assuming that teaching the Bible in a non-religious manner (as literature or as part of a comparative religion class, for example) as a high-school elective would not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause. So long as the class does not require believing in the Bible (in a religious sense), this seems to be the case.

If you think that schools should offer such a class, are you okay with the class treating the Bible as a historical work as opposed to the literal word of God? Would you object to different interpretations of scripture being compared? Would you object to the text being examined technically? If you answer yes to any of these, then are you perhaps just trying to find a way to teach religion in public school without running afoul of Constitutional prohibitions?

Would you mind the school offering classes in other subjects related to current and past religions? Would you trust the teacher in a class on the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Koran, or Dianetics (for example) to not proselytize to students? What kind of qualifications should a teacher of this kind of subject have? Would you object if the teacher had a degree in religious history but was also a priest, minister, rabbi, atheist, or other person with an apparent or stated religious bias? Would you be comfortable if, after taking this class, your child had questions or doubts about your beliefs?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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