Do you think the Bible Should be Taught in School?

@minerc (1373)
United States
February 5, 2007 2:53pm CST
You know if the bible is part of our history. Why aren't we allowed to teach from it in school? Do you think the Bible Should be Taught in School?
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@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I do agree with you. That's something I have been thinking about. I think it would be great to have the school teach the children about the bible. when I was little my school used to have a bible class after school. then they stopped it. I remember I loved going there. it gave us something to do after school and taught us valuable lessons.. I think schools should have a bible study class or a after school thing and parents can choose whether or not to let their child be part of it..
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
That does sound pretty good. Thank You!
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I went to Cathlic school and I learned about the Cathlic religon as well as budism and many other ways. I don't understand how a priest who is very strong within his religon can teach budism, muslim, and others but our public school system thinks they are above that. Strange.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Thank You!
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
The Holy Bible lays down the doctrines or teachings of the Christian religion and therefore it is religious. There are many religions in the world and so it would be unfair if the Holy Bible alone proclaiming Christianity is taught in schools. God gives us wisdom and free will. We have the freedom to choose whatever we want. Most countries also give us freedom of religion. It would be absurd if we would be teaching different religions in schools. There are many schools teaching religion and if people want to learn about religion, they should go to those schools. I am a Christian but I do not advocate that religion or to be specific the Christian religion should be taught in schools.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Thank You!
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I am not also in favor of teaching religion in schools because there are so many religions in the world and it would be unfair if only the Christian religion is taught which is in the Holy Bible.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Lets see, A class is supposed to be desegregated. So you could have several religions in one classroom. Would you like your child also tought from those religious texts as well? I seriously doubt you'll say yes.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
In a way why not, Maybe this world wouldnt be as confused about so much and there might be some kind of peace. They teach my child Evolution, they can't have christmas parties because of other religions. He is already learning that stuff why can't he learn about other religions like his own?
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I have to agree. My daughter could not say Christmas in school or that they were having a christmas party. It is not Easter break but spring break. You have to be so carefull what you say. However, it is so strange that Teachers learning days or days off for marking tests falls on Jewish holidays and the schools are closed. Evolution is just a theory. There is nothing writen in stone on any religon. I say teach it all. Maybe then there won't be so much hate in the world.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Yes absolutely we should teach the bible in schools. I am so sick of them teaching evolution and not creation as well. Teach both if you want but if they want to learn about the bible it should be allowed I think it stinks that we arent free to express our belifes in school or work or almost anywhere else in this country. We founded our country on christian belifes and while I dont think it is right to force someone into the belife you shouldnt take away thier right to have it.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Thank You! I do agree If my child has to learn about evolution, then why can't they teach creation to.
• United States
5 Feb 07
No thank you some times I feel I am the only one who thinks that
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@gberlin (3836)
5 Feb 07
I teach at a parochial school so our school does teach Bible. In fact it is required for each year you attend. However, I feel it is up to the parents to teach their children about the Bible. My school is associated with our church and we teach the Bible according to our beliefs. In a public school I would not want a teacher teaching their beliefs to my kid if it was different from my beliefs. The historical parts of the Bible can be covered in a world history class if it is taught as history. If a person really wants their kid to learn the Bible at school then I think they should send their kid to a parochial school.
@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Thank You!
• United States
5 Feb 07
I think it all depends on what you mean by "taught in school." Personally, I think the public school system has run its course for the time. I think there will be a time in the future when the public school system will be the best option again, but for now, I think the best option is to abolish the public school system and set up an educational system where parents have choice in what their children are taught. Obviously, in that scenario, a school that teaches the Bible has to compete for dollars the same as a school that doesn't. But in the current system, I think that local churches should have the option to provide religious education through the public school. I think that the teacher, text books, and curriculum should be entirely provided and paid for by the church, and that any non-profit religious organization should be permitted to set up such a class, so there's no restrictions on Muslims or Wiccans setting up classes, for example. I don't believe in depriving people of an opertunity to learn.
@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Yeah the Public School system should be abolished. I see your point on alot and Thank You for your honesty and feed back.
@Springlady (3986)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I most definately believe the Bible should be taught in schools. God knows we need it! Children need to be taught morals, respect, love...everything the Bible teaches. I do know there is an organization that is trying to put the Bible back in to public schools as an elective. Students can choose to study it. I think it's a great idea! Chuck Norris is one who is trying to accomplish this among many, many others.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Wow! That would be good do you have the website on the organization? Thanks for the info.
@XxAngelxX (2833)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
No I don't believe the bible should be taught in school as there as so many different religions. How can we just say our religion is the correct one so therefore we will use our bible to teach? It's just not right of us to assume everyone wants to be part of our religion. At my children's elementary school at Christmas time all religions are respected and included in their Winterfest. I feel this is the best way to do it, as no one is left out.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
most religons use a bible of one type or other. Unless you are agnostic or athiest.
• United States
6 Feb 07
no i think not, so many people have different religions.. bible being a part of history? how do we know it is history? how do we know who actually wrote it?
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I don't know about everyone else, but I WAS taught about the bible in history class.
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@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
It depends on the type of school. Like in the school where I graduated, it's a Catholic school so naturally Bible is taugth and is part of our curicculum. But there are some schools in our country who accepts students of different religion so Bible is not part of their curriculum because of the different religous beliefs of their students.
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@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
I don't see why not. It is the most widely read book, most debated, most controversial and teaching it will be a good idea as part perhaps of a literature class. Provided teachers are not religious fundamentalists or anti-Bible people who have the tendency to shove their interpretations and beliefs to their student's throats. Read it as a book and study it just like any other books.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
i think yes the bible itself should be.. not taught... but put somewhere in a history class. it is part of history. i dont think religon should be taught, unless you choose to learn about it.
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Yes to a certain point that they need to promote all views, not just the bible. with all applicable reference.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I don't think religon should be taught in school. I am not saying that you can not discuss several religons when learning about history. I am old I know but when I had history I learned about all the wars as well as the different chinese dinesty's. My daughter I am sorry to say has not learned about the Wars in America but she has spend the last 11 years learning about Martin Luthor King. I am not saying that learning about him one year is a bad think but give me a breat every single year. Back to the subject sorry. I think religon should be taught at home. I am not saying that a prayer in school would hurt.
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@FrancyDafne (2048)
• Italy
5 Feb 07
To me the right place in which to teach bible is the church or religious buildings. State schools are secular places. Italian law says that every religion has the same importance in front of the State, but it isn't true, Catholic schools have a lot of money from State and there is a taxes (8 per 1000) that give a lot of money to the Vatican. To me the Bible should not be taught at school, the school is not the right place where to pray and to study Catholic religion. Instead I find more interesting to teach every religion so that everybody can have an idea about a lot of different cultures. In my country there is a lot of ignorance about Islam, for instance, it would be interesting o know more, also because the globalization is growing more and more.
@yanjiaren (9050)
5 Feb 07
why not..if the country is a christian country why not? even in all countries knowlwdge of all religions should be tought so there is less racism and bigotry..and kids can learn manners from the various stories as examples of good behaviour..what are they going to learn from the simpsons and south park exactly?
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@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I don't think the Bible itself should be taught. The history surrounding the Bible is taught, with the facts we know, so I don't see why the Bible itself should be taught. We did read passages of it in my English class, along with passages from every other important and influential book written. The fact remains that like all other religious texts, there aren't facts in the Bible. There are stories and religious codes, and religious codes are something that should be taught in the home, according to a family's religion. Not in school.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
The Bible is a part of some people's history and heritage, but not all. It should not be taught in any public school, unless it is mentioned in a mythology class. (Private schools can do whatever they want.)
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@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Well I don't consider the bible to be a part of my history. They have Catholic & private schools that teach religion. If I wanted my children taught religion then I would send them to a relgious school.
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