By Ben Wolf
Friday, December 22, 2006
Add the history and literature of the New and Old Testament to the list of high school electives.
The classes aren't supposed to promote religion. Local church leaders say that will be an almost impossible task.
"Young folks don't have the moral character. If they would have been trained right, if they've been read the New Testament and the Old Testament, I think we would have a better more moral society," said local pastor Edgar Roberts.
Local teachers say this isn't really a huge change from literature courses they already offer.
"It's a religion study where we study all the different religions and their aspects and how they're similar and different, and this would just be more of an in depth study of one religion over the others," said Lowndes High English teacher Lori Bennett.
This law is believed to be the first in the country that forces a state education board to create such Bible classes. The state has yet to decide on the curriculum, teaching materials and instructors for the class.
"Personally as a Christian I would love to see that, but then also as an educator I'd hate to see that the other religions are not studied as in depth as well," said Bennett.
The decision whether to take the Bible classes in public schools in Georgia is up to every student to decide.