Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Georgia- Like Kansas, Only Dumber

Not satisfied to let Kansas or South Dakota hog all the crazy lime light, Georgia may use the Bible as a textbook:

In the late 1700s, Congress thought enough of the Bible as a textbook that it printed 40,000 copies. But the bold effort here in Georgia to use the Bible in today's secular curricula may be about presenting it as a moral code rather than a foundation to better understand the biblical allusions in literature, critics say.

"Behind this is the tension around the country about how to go about doing a Bible elective, and a lot is at stake," says Charles Haynes, director of the First Amendment Center in Arlington, Va.

The Bible is already being used as a course study in as many as 1,000 American high schools, according to the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools in Greensboro, N.C. The US Supreme Court allows it as long as it's presented objectively, and not taught as fact. But the Georgia legislature's unprecedented decision to wade into what is usually a school district initiative has created concerns.

You think? Womder what all the Jewish and Muslim kids think about having the Bible as a textbook? who cares, right? if they believed int he right God, this wouldn't be a problem, am I right?

We are so moving out of this fucking state before the kids are born.

Link via Bookslut.


Blogger Bryan said...

If they are using the King James Version and using it as a literary classic, I understand and approve. The KJV is important to understanding a lot of English and American literature as there are constant allusions to it.

In the Middle East you have to study the Koran to understand a lot of their literature.

As long as it is used in a literature course or a comparative religion course, fine, but it shouldn't be part of the core curriculum.

3/28/2006 10:27 PM  

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