about bible in the schools
Bible history classes in the public schools are an opportunity for students to have a viewpoint neutral, foundational study – at no cost to taxpayers – of one of the cornerstone texts of world history, helping students be culturally literate and better equipped to thrive and contribute to a global world.
- Over 94 Years - Bible history classes have been a gift to the community since 1922.
- No Tax Dollars - Bible history classes are completely funded by the generosity of the community through voluntary contributions.
- Court Approved - In 1980, a federal court affirmed that teaching the Bible in public school is constitutionally permissible. The curriculum meets all legal requirements.
- 17 Teachers - All teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education and are selected by the school principals.
- 19 Schools - Classes are offered as electives in middle and high school grades.
- Nearly 3,600 Students - Past studies suggest that one-half of the young people who elect a Bible history class have had little or no previous exposure to the Bible.
- Challenging Curriculum - Middle school students study Genesis (6th grade), Exodus (7th grade), and the Life of Jesus (8th grade, using Luke). High school students study Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey.
- Bible as Textbook - All 5 elective courses are academically rigorous and for credit.
- Knowledge Doubles - Last year, pre-test / post-test scores demonstrate that a student’s knowledge of the portion of the Bible they studied doubles.
- Observable Change - Teachers report observable changes in student attitude, behavior, and outlook as a result of taking a Bible history course.
- Nearly $1,000,000 - The full cost to fund Bible history in the Hamilton County public schools for the 2015-2016 was almost $1 million.