Bible Study Could Be a Part of Georgia Curriculum

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The Bible could become the newest textbook in Georgia high schools.

Steven DuPree, Assistant Principal at Central High, says, "It's going to be up to each individual school board whether, first of all, [they’ll] allow the course to be taught."

If approved by the school board, the class would be offered as an elective history course.

Steven DuPree says, "I think there's going to be a lot of interested parties who are going to want to see the curriculum, how it's going to be taught, who is going to be teaching it."

Teresa Carver teaches history at Thomas County Central High School. She says certain biblical events and the Bible are already studied in world history.

Teresa Carver says, "This would be taking that and going into an in-depth study of the bible as applying to history and historical events."

Under the proposal the old and new testament would be the class textbook with local school boards deciding which version to use. Students would also have the option of using a different version.

Teresa Carver adds, "Being a history teacher, you strive to be objective. It will be something you have to be aware of."

Steven DuPree says, "It's going to be something that we're going to have to look at under review. We'll see how our Board of Education approaches it and we'll take it from there."

It’s writing a new page in history to study the beginning of history. The Bible study bill passed the Georgia Senate by a 50 to 1 vote and the House by a vote of 151 to 7. The bill now awaits Gov. Sonny Perdue's signature.