Education Report Roundup

Texas Bible Classes Seen to Lack Rigor

By Michelle R. Davis — September 26, 2006 1 min read

“Reading, Writing, and Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools” is posted by the Texas Freedom Network.

Public school Bible classes taught as electives in Texas often fail to meet minimal academic standards for teacher qualifications and curriculum, concludes a study by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, an Austin-based group that promotes religious freedom.

The study found that public school courses on the Bible in Texas often promote one faith perspective over all others and push an ideological agenda that is hostile to religious freedom and science. However, the study does note a handful of Texas school districts that offer Bible class electives that it says are taught in a nonsectarian, academically sound manner.

A version of this article appeared in the September 27, 2006 edition of Education Week