Protecting Religious Freedom
More and more public schools are taking on the sensitive issue of whether to offer courses about the Bible. Such courses can be an excellent way to help students understand the unique importance of the Bible in history and literature. As a 2006 report from the TFN Education Fund shows, however, teaching the Bible in public schools is fraught with problems. Reading, Writing and Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools reveals that, with a few notable exceptions, Bible courses taught in Texas schools during the 2005-06 school year commonly failed to meet even minimal academic standards for teacher qualifications, curriculum and academic rigor; often promoted one faith perspective over all others; and sometimes push an ideological agenda.