Bible Literacy Project News
Eastern launches Bible literacy
Curriculum to be included in elective classes as pilot program
Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:58 am
By Pat Munsey
Eastern School Corp. has decided that the Bible has
something to teach its students. The school board voted
in July to allow a pilot program to be taught as part of
some elective courses. Depending on the outcome,
superintendent Dr. Tracy Caddell said the curriculum may
The material comes from the Bible Literacy Project, a
“non-partisan, non-profit endeavor to encourage and
facilitate the academic study of the Bible in public
Caddell stressed that the approach is secular, not
promoting a belief.
“It’s a national movement where schools are presenting
lessons from the Bible in a secular format,” said
Caddell. “There are a lot of lessons in the Bible in
terms of character education—teaching honesty, being
forthright, not cheating your neighbor.
“So, we’re going to take that curriculum, which has been
approved through a variety of courts and legal cases,
and use it as a supplement in some courses.”
According to the Bible Literacy Project’s website, the
goal is in the organization’s name — “a grasp of the
language, major narratives, and characters of the
Bible.” The Bible’s influence on Western civilization in
terms of literature and drama is also explored.
“Of course, the Bible is not merely literature; for a
number of religious traditions it is sacred text,”
according to the website. “Our curriculum and online
teacher training prepare teachers to address the
relevant, major religious readings of the text in an
academic and objective manner.”
The project’s founders specifically state that the
theological aspect of the Bible is not promoted or
discouraged in the curriculum.
“Increasing knowledge about the Bible is part of a good
education; but teaching what to believe belongs in the
home,” the website reads.
Caddell said that the school corporation is still
determining how the curriculum will be used in the
classroom, but he is certain that it will not be
included as a requirement for any student.
“It is not going to be in our core courses,” said
Caddell. “Peter Heck will kick this off for us in one of
his courses, and we’ll go from there. We feel good about
it. There are lots of life lessons in the Bible that can
be applied, and there is strong literature that exists
in the Bible.
“I think at some point it may become a standard course.
We’re going to do a pilot program and see where it
The Bible Literacy Project was founded in 2001, and it
has published the academic textbook “The Bible and Its
Influence” since 2005. The curriculum is currently
taught in more than 580 schools across 43 states. For
additional information about the project and its
curriculum, visit bibleliteracy.org.