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Bringing Religion Back into the Classroom

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Most of us grew up knowing that one of the fundamentals of our American society is the separation of church and state. We’ve seen the debates between having prayer in school, and the issues with students having to say the “under God” portion of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.

However, now it seems that religion is finding its’ way back into the classroom. In this article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they report that Georgia is about to become the first state to legally sanction taxpayer-funded Bible courses in public schools, with other states such as Missouri and Alabama considering such laws.

Right now, texts of holy book, such as The Koran, The Bible, and The Torah are included in many Georgia English and Social Studies classrooms, as a method to see how religions have impacted society or have influenced many literary works.

Georgia legislators maintain that in preparing students for society, they should make them aware of different religious beliefs, and that courses such as “Comparative Religions” would do just that.

So, what does this all mean for students? Are we doing them (the students) a disservice if we don’t teach them about the different religions that are out there? Are we going too far in our educational system? Tell me what you think…

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

5 thoughts on “Bringing Religion Back into the Classroom

  1. Aren’t states already doing this? I know UNC’s religion department has a class called Old Testament or something like it. As long as its an elective, I’m not sure I see the problem.

    What we need to be mad about is our being forced to take classes we KNOW we don’t need. I’m still hoping to find out how my science perspectives are related to what I’m doing now.

  2. i think the real issue is that this will be taking place at a middle school/high school level. they’ve just created a high school textbook entitled “the bible and it’s influences” to be used in these sorts of classes.

    while these classes will be electives, even at the high school level, people are concerned that there will be more “faith promotion” as opposed to teaching about the different faiths. i know i live in the bible belt, but i’m definitely interested in seeing what happens next.

  3. well there’s a clear difference between preaching and teaching. if it isn’t a bible study, but perhaps a study of bible history and philosophy and its influence on modern culture, then that’s a good thing to me. truth be told, i’d love to take that class. perhaps it will help me understand George Bush and his supporters a little more.

  4. LOL…gene you have NO sense. i feel you though; i do think it would be good for students to understand the history and philosophy of the bible and how it has influenced our culture.

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