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, based on the book of 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.