Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?
No other book has influenced American culture, its values and institutions, more than the Bible. If students are to understand fully the culture in which they live, somehow they must be introduced to the Bible.
Can this be done constitutionally in public schools? It not only can be; it should be.
Obviously the Bible cannot be taught to propagate religionor secularism. As Thayer Warshaw has stated:
It should be taught in a manner consistent with the law of the land, Americas commitment to pluralism, professional integrity, and the realities of the classroom situation.1
The law on the subject is clearat least in principle. In the case of Abington v. Schempp, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a daily reading of ten verses of the Bible over the schools loudspeaker system was essentially devotional and therefore unconstitutional. At the same time, the Court stated: