Reactions to Bible Class in Public Schools

By: Hayley Harmon Email
By: Hayley Harmon Email

For some public school students, a Bible could become one of their new textbooks.

A bill has passed the State Senate that would allow Bible classes as electives for Kentucky high school students.

Under the bill, students could choose whether or not they wanted to take a Bible class.

But the possibility has left teachers and students with a lot of questions.

"You're going to have some people that support it a lot. You're going to have some people who are apathetic about it and you're probably going to have some people who feel like that's not something that belongs in public schools," said Matthew Osborne, a social studies teacher at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.

Some students say they're definitely in favor of it.

"With sports and work, sometimes I can't get to church so every once in a while it'd be nice to come in and have a bible class and learn," said Tyler Daniels, a Junior at Greenwood.

They also say the fact that the Bible class would be an elective and not mandatory would draw more students to it.

"A bunch of the kids here, if they were forced to take it, they might be kind of upset. But if they had the option to do so, I think they would like it," said Will Conley, a Junior at Greenwood.

Teachers like Osborne say it's an interesting idea, but it goes far beyond the aspect of it being an elective.

"To me as an educator, I'm think what are you going to teach? Is this going to be historical content or is it scripture? Is this nondenominational or is there a slant to it?" said Osborne.

He also wants to know who will be teaching the students.

"Most classes here, you have to have a highly qualified teacher. You have to have your certification and what not. So the next question is who is going to teach this?" said Osborne.

And finally if Bible classes are offered, then won't other religions have to be added as well?

"What do you do if you have a child that is not a Christian but they want the same chance to study their religion?" asked Osborne.

Local schools just want to know more details about what this would mean for actual implementation.

Only one senator voted against the bill which is sponsored by Senator Joe Bowen of Owensboro.

It has now moved onto the House for review.

A similar bill passed the Senate last year before dying in the House.

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  • by John Location: Bowling Green on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Hey, it looks like there are some other free thinking people out here in S.C. Ky...good job for stepping up and letting our "outside the box" attitudes be heard. I am surprised that they were even put up on this site, but it appears that some progress may be being made in this country.
  • by Linda Location: Russellville on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    For Tonya: More violent??? Some of the most violent wars fought throughout history were started in the name of some religion or another. More sexual??? Let's look at Catholic Priests, Evangelists and yes, even some hometown Preachers. Being non-violent, moral, and non-evil has nothing to do with one's religion - some of the sickest people on the planet justify their actions in the "name of GOD". Gandhi said it best: "I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians - your Christians are nothing like your Christ". Save your judgements and live your live honestly and peacefully for yourself and for others who may believe differently.
  • by Dust on Feb 18, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Super, now kids don't have to go to church. Everything will be taught in school. hehehe, it amazes me how some people can be idiots.
  • by Kathy Location: Etown on Feb 17, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    That's my beautiful daughter in the red shirt!
  • by Richard Location: Hart Co on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    As long as Bible Class is not mandatory, it could be a good thing. Our secular society has left off what may possibly be most important
  • by Tonya Location: Bowling Green on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    People need to be praying for our future, as GOD has been taken out of our lives, and our future...the world has become more violent, more sexual and more evil! Only GOD can allow us to continue the future of this world as he already knows the future plans.
  • by Robert Location: BG on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    Why not focus on some more advanced scientific or invention classes? How about a class called "Buying a House" and prepare students for what it takes to do that? You know, something more useful. Religion is old. We should feel elated that we are a country of people who are waking up to the fact that religion is also a farce. If you need a religion to make your life feel better, then that's fine. More power to you to feel that way. It should be everyone's right to worship whatever they want, even those whackos out in Kansas at the Westboro Baptist Church. I know how to live a good life, know right from wrong, and I don't need a religious icon to look to for guidance.
  • by Ken on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Do you really want schools teaching your kids the bible? Here is an idea... Do it yourself...
  • by Elyse Location: Kentucky on Feb 17, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    I agree with Virginia. When I went to school we said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning and then each child had a turn to read a passage out of the Bible and said the Lord's Prayer. No one objected. It didn't do anybody any harm, and possibly did a lot of good before the start of classes.
  • by John Location: Bowling Green on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    This post is hilarious...Ann, you really need to get out of the house more. Our area is so shallow and ignorant, and no one has any idea of what this world is about. It is so funny because it is so truly sad.
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