Bible Literacy Project News
KYTX Television, CBS Channel 19, Whitehouse, TX
Bible literacy classes in demand
Updated: Sep 29, 2010 11:18 PM EDT
Bible classes are growing in
Whitehouse, and across the state.
But the class these students are lining up to take is in
public schools. These students are trying to expand their
knowledge beyond the stories of Adam and Eve, and Cain
and Abel, by using a textbook book to see how it all
applies to everyday life.
These students at Whitehouse High School are reviewing
for a history test, on the Bible.
"I've been to church my whole like, so I know most of
the stories and stuff. But, I wanted to see it from an
academic stand point," says junior Ali McNulty.
"It's literally looking at the Bible from a social
studies perspective and it's impact on Western Civ,"
says history teacher John Keeling.
John keeling leads students through stories on Adam and
Eve, while emphasizing its affects on American culture.
"When you look at it in an academic perspective, per se,
all kinds of things start jumping out at you - you
didn't notice before," says junior Dalton Dickerson.
the class is an elective.
"I really am interested in the Bible. I'd like to be a
youth pastor, thought it would be very helpful," says
Reaching out to all religions, on all levels.
"You kind of have to be literate in the bible to be
literate in what goes on in the world, because people
use it as a reference so many times, kind of have to
understand it," says McNulty.
To gain a higher understanding of the testament, by the
end of the day.
"Usually have to shut it down at the end of the day,
kick them out the door because the topics are
interesting. As a teacher, I can't ask for more than
that," says Keeling.
Keeling says they have to turn students away from the
bible course, and he says he'd like to add a second
They're turning kids away from the other two elective
history classes they offer; the history of American
sports, and film.
Law allows these classes because they're not devotional.
More than 100 schools in Texas are now using the same
text as Whitehouse High School, and it can be found in