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…