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 Is this going to be historical content or is it scripture?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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