Bible Literacy Project News
KLTV-7 - Gilmer, TX
Gilmer High School Will Offer Bible Course
Superintendent Rick Albritton with Gilmer ISD says
the idea is to expose students to the Bible as literature, its influence
on culture, and on society. Monday, trustees with the district
unanimously approved offering the Bible as a social studies elective for
juniors and seniors in the fall.
"It's not to proselytize. It's not an evangelical course," said
Albritton. "It's strictly from the historical perspective." And the
district wants to make that clear.
The description for the course in 2008-2009 course guide states the
Bible course is academic and not devotional. Nor does it sponsor the
practice of religion.
As a course, a textbook will also be used. According to the publisher's
web site, The Bible and Its Influence, is now used by more than
360 Schools in 43 states.
Alan Metzel, a world history teacher, said he looks forward to teaching
the course this fall. "Nebuchadnezzar, and the Hittites, and the
Assyrians, and so much that's in the Old Testament--we already cover
some of those things, and I think this will give us a broader
perspective of it," he said.
Metzel hopes those perspective will lead to brighter students.
"In college, we take humanities, we take classes that broaden our
horizons, and I think anything that you take as an elective, is going to
stretch people's horizons."