about bible in the schools
Since 1922 with little publicity or fanfare, public school students in Hamilton County, TN, have received the opportunity to study the Bible, history’s most influential book, at no cost to taxpayers.
- For 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.
- Bible as Textbook - All 5 elective courses are academically rigorous and for credit.
- Court Approved - In 1980, a federal court affirmed that teaching the Bible in public school is constitutionally permissible. The curriculum meets all legal requirements.
- 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.
- 250,000 Hours - Students enrolled in Bible history classes will spend thousands of hours each year in a rigorous study of the Bible.
- Knowledge Doubles - Last year, pre-test / post-test scores demonstrate that a student’s knowledge of the portion of the Bible they studied doubles.
- 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.
- 16 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.
- Over $1,000,000 - The full cost to fund Bible history in the Hamilton County public schools for the 2015-2016 was over $1 million.
- Observable Change - Teachers report observable changes in student attitude, behavior, and beliefs as a result of taking a Bible history course.
- 34% Students With No Access - Over 7,500 students attend a Hamilton County school where there is NO access to a Bible history teacher.