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Study: Many school Bible
classes in Texas ´problematic´

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/17/2013 11:52:07 AM

AUSTIN — Some 60 public school districts across Texas offer courses on the Bible, but at least a third aren´t meeting state requirements to be unbiased and academically and legally sound, a study released Wednesday concluded. Written by Mark Chancey, a professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, the study found that many districts´ courses favor conservative Protestant interpretations of the Bible. Many also present "problematic treatment of Judaism" while "promoting pseudo-scholarship, particularly regarding science and American history." "At a basic level, students are often being taught to experience Judaism only through Christian eyes," said Chancey,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 1/17/2013 11:59:35 AM     (No. 9122163)

Yet another reason to take back local control and tell the feds to get stuffed. 10th amendment and all that, don´t you know.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: geminale, 1/17/2013 12:17:55 PM     (No. 9122214)

Chancey is associated with the Texas Freedom Network, a so called "religious freedom" and "individual liberties" organization. From their own about page, "Based in Austin, the Texas Freedom Network acts as the state’s watchdog, monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders. The organization has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the religious right in Texas, including private school vouchers and textbook censorship at the Texas State Board of Education."

What´s problematic is how liberals couch their conversation in words like "problematic" which means "anything resembling a literal interpretation of the Bible."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/17/2013 12:34:28 PM     (No. 9122251)

My granddaughter´s high school in Will County Illinois has a teacher who teaches the beauty of Islam right out of the Koran. Said granddaughter spent a day trying to convince me that Muslims are good and decent people in a loving religion and I must think more kindly of them. Religion of peace and love and all that associated crap.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/17/2013 12:35:40 PM     (No. 9122253)

This opinion will get me flakked (is that a word?), but in a public school system, classes on any aspect of religion must be very carefully designed. It is my opinion that the Bible can only be studied if there is time for studying the books of non-Christian religions. A Religions of the World course would be a good educational tool.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/17/2013 12:50:59 PM     (No. 9122288)

All education must have a point of view, and the trouble with public schools is that their particular point of view --- a secularism characterized by religious and moral nullity --- is never subjected to the usual, wholesome crticism, but is allowed to present itself as the neutral, natural, innately defensible, default position.

This is nonsense.

There should be a multitude of school choices --- church-related, private, and home-based -- which are up-front about their point of view and able to compete with each other on their merits.

As for public schools? A failed system of planned mediocrity. They should be phased out and replaced by a dynamic enterprise model.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 1/17/2013 12:58:48 PM     (No. 9122304)

People who are not familiar with the Bible are not educated. Who can understand Michaelangelo´s Pieta or Caravaggio´s Sacrifice of Isaac or Handel´s Messiah or common expressions like salt of the earth or walks on water or man does not live by bread alone or grapes of wrath or splitting the baby or brother´s keeper or prodigal son and so many others without understanding the Bible? This is just a small sampling of the enormous influence of the Bible on Western culture. It is appropriate, in my opinion, to teach only about the Bible and not the Koran or other texts of less literary or artistic influence.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/17/2013 2:02:56 PM     (No. 9122432)

And so why are the schools forced to teach Islam in all it´s fake glory?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/17/2013 2:04:48 PM     (No. 9122437)

Thank you #5,6 for your thoughtful wise responses. You know, the very fact that even so many R´s come against the facts you laid out show what real, desperate trouble this country is in.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RedInTexas, 1/17/2013 2:49:11 PM     (No. 9122554)

One of the complaints in the article is to paraphrase: ´One of the classes taught in one of the Texas high schools states that America´s foundations are based on Christian principles´, which IMHO is a fact if one reads the Federalist papers. to that, the libs say Oh Horrors!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/17/2013 9:02:58 PM     (No. 9123234)

It never ends. You have to ask if there are such lengthy discussions on rules at Islamic ´education´ centers.

No wonder the kids have trouble with basic knowledge.

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