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CEO Chuck Stetson explains the benefits of our future digital edition to education leaders at the National School Boards Association Conference.

The Bible and Its Influence To Be Available In Digital Format

The Bible Literacy Project (BLP) is working with a production team to introduce a digital version of its textbook, The Bible and Its Influence, into classrooms. The beauty of the digital program is that it allows for Biblical content integration into existing courses in multiple disciplines - social studies and English in particular. In addition to our print textbook that supports an elective course in Bible literacy, the digital product will allow teachers to incorporate a 4 to 6 week unit into an existing course. Learning modules in leadership and character education are also being developed for future use.

BLP CEO Chuck Stetson says, “School districts across the country are already gearing up for a shift from printed textbooks to digital. Instead of a "one-size-fits-all" textbook, digitalization enables schools to purchase modules that best fit their needs. It presents an opportunity to expand our outreach nationally and also opens the door to an international market."


"A Distinct Academic Advantage" for 100,000 Students Nationwide

Ninety-eight percent of high school English teachers surveyed said that Biblical knowledge gives students "a distinct academic advantage." Not only is the Bible the most read book in history, it has served as the foundation for many of the great works of literature through the ages. Students who know the Bible can better understand the meaning of the 1,300 Biblical references in Shakespeare. Among other reasons, this is why educators in 600 schools across America have chosen to introduce The Bible and Its Influence. For complete program information, please contact Deborah Hicks at 866-633-0585 or deborah@bibleliteracy.org.

"The course can only help your students. The biblical allusions included on the AP English test make it worthwhile alone. Everything else is a bonus!"

Mississippi teacher


Focus on Character Education

The Bible Literacy Project has begun to engage in the character education discussion in public schools. Increasingly, educators are realizing that character cannot be taught without a context and the values of the Bible – trust, honesty, truth, compassion, kindness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and sacrificial love – are at the core of a civil society. The Bible is replete with narratives and stories that model both good and bad behavior. For example, the parable of the Good Samaritan is a lesson in compassion, and the epithet defines a caring person to this day. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a lesson in generous forgiveness. Both the sons in the parable show behavior that is less than virtuous, and yet the father in the parable shows love and forgiveness to both his sons. We are working closely with Character Education Partnership, which has a strong presence in the public schools and is a leader in the shift back to understanding that Biblical values have to be front and center in character education in public schools.


     

Bible Literacy Project News

  • The Bible Literacy Project is expanding its efforts around the country by hiring experienced school administrators and teachers to introduce the textbook to local schools. In Texas, this strategy enabled 140 new schools to implement Bible literacy courses. To help us identify such people in your state, please contact Deborah Hicks at deborah@bibleliteracy.org.
     
  • Eight states have achieved the 5% mark in the percentage of public high schools that are using our textbook, The Bible and Its Influence: Georgia (12.6%), Alabama (11.1%), Indiana (10.4%), Texas (9.6%), North Carolina (9.2%), Tennessee (9.0%), South Carolina (7.0%), and Kentucky (5.4%). Further, legislation encouraging academic Bible study has been passed in eight states -- Georgia, Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Arizona, and Arkansas. In 2013, three states – North Carolina, Wyoming, and Missouri -- introduced similar bills that have not yet been voted on.
     
  • Growing acceptance of the program in the educational community is shown by its use in many of the nation's larger districts with enrollments of more than 20,000 students.
     
  • Training workshops for incoming teachers are available throughout the year. Led by experienced educators and administrators, these one-day workshops include such topics as First Amendment guidelines and appropriate instructional strategies.
 
 

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