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Background Resources

This page contains research and implementation guidelines for academic study of the Bible in public schools.

Standards for Bible Literacy Courses
 
National and state standards area available for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Click here to view the state-by-state documents.

 
The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, co-published by the Bible Literacy Project and the First Amendment Center, provides consensus legal guidelines for teaching the Bible in public schools, and was endorsed by 21 national educational, religious, and civil liberties groups, including the National School Boards Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the American Jewish Congress.

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Bible Literacy Report: What do American teens need to know and what do they know? found that 90% of English teachers interviewed believe that Biblical knowledge is crucial for a good education. This landmark national study of high school English teachers revealed that American high school students are deficient in their academic knowledge of the Bible, and it is limiting their ability to study literature and understand art, music, history, and culture. The study, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, also contains a Gallup poll of teenagers which found that:
  • 17% thought "the road to Damascus" was where Jesus was crucified.
  • 68% couldn't identify who asked "am I my brother's keeper?" (Cain).
  • 53% couldn't name the Biblical event at Cana (turning water into wine).
  • 22% thought Moses was either one of Jesus' 12 apostles, an Egyptian pharaoh or an angel.

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Bible Literacy Report II: What University Professors Say Incoming Students Need to Know, revealed that English professors surveyed at leading universities--including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford--agreed that "regardless of a person's faith, an educated person needs to know about the Bible." Released June 1, 2006, the report surveyed 39 English professors at 34 top U.S. colleges and universities, who said that knowledge of the Bible is a deeply important part of a good education.

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