Schools across the country are offering courses on the Bible in order to promote students’ understanding of history, literature, fine arts, current events, and even popular culture.
As Harriet Kisilinsky, an English teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., says in this Education Week article, “How can you expect [students] to read Dante’s Inferno and write about it if they don’t understand his nine circles of hell?”
Many educators and policymakers, however, worry that the courses open the door for religious instruction in public schools under the guise of “biblical literacy.”
What do you think? Is there a place for the Bible in public education?
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.