As of the 2009-2010 school year public schools in Texas are now required to offer a high school elective course on the literature of the Bible and history of that era. House Bill No. 1287 explains that the course “must be taught in an objective and non-devotional manner that does not attempt to indoctrinate students as to either the truth or falsity of the Judeo-Christian biblical materials”. It goes on to say that schools can add courses on other religious texts if they would like, but only the one on the Bible is required.
Regardless of the guidelines the bill attempts to place on schools/teachers (such as mentioned above), this decision is bias in favor of one particular religious text. A philosophy class would be acceptable and is something much more important to teach than just one religious text. This shows favor to one religion and indirectly promotes Christianity.
Another important issue to consider is that other elective classes may be cancelled because of this new class requirement. Schools are short staffed as is and are lacking funds yet they’re being forced to make room for the book that is the basis for Christianity. If any school board chooses to use the curriculum from the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools they might want to be prepared for a lawsuit. At least two school boards have been sued over using this curriculum yet over 312 schools (in 37 states) have applied it. The curriculum has been criticized as being bias and historically incorrect.
Christianity does not belong in the classroom, but the philosophy of religion –teaching the various religious texts and ideas, including the skeptic point of view– would be so much more beneficial and honest considering the great impact religions have had on our world. This favoritism shows a lack of integrity and is one-sided in a way that could misguide students into following the text of Christianity, because that is what’s being taught to them. Granted, this is an elective course so students do not have to take it, but students could be forced to do so by their parents or it may be their only choice if the school they attend does not have many electives available.