Speak Out: Should The Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?

Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of the History Channel's miniseries, “The Bible,” think so.

Likely to stir up controversy that some say could be contrived to boost ratings for the History Channel’s miniseries, "The Bible,”  Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey recently suggested it would be a good idea to incorporate teaching of the Bible in public schools.

Burnett is the successful producer of the "Survivor" series, and Downey is probably most well-known for her role in “Touched By an Angel.” Both Christians, their latest project is the 10-part miniseries on the History Channel The Bible.” It reportedly premiered to what Inside TV deemed “divine” ratings on Sunday, March 3, reportedly seen by 13.1 million viewers and scoring a 3.3 rating among adults ages 18 to 49.

Burnett and Downey made the suggestion that it would be good to incorporate such teachings in public schools in an op-ed Feb. 28 in the Wall Street Journal. This was just prior to the launch of the series, which is likely why skeptics saw it more as a publicity stunt.

What do you think? Does teaching the Bible from an historical perspective and objectively have a place in the public school curriculum — or not?

Shelly Roberts March 07, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Separation of Church and State. America's founding principle. Teach the bible at home or in church as you prefer. Not in school. Except in film class as technique.
Richard T. March 11, 2013 at 09:03 PM
NOT a founding principle. Show me in the Constitution! "Separation of Church and State" is intended to prevent prosecution by a state supported religion. It was NEVER intended to exclude teaching ANY religion in school. The phrase "separation of church and state" was first used by government in a court decision in the early 1900's.
Cathy Freeman March 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I think it should be taught along with the literature from other cultures and religions including the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, and others I cannot even name because I am an undereducated product of US public schools.


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