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American Education and the Bible

(2013-05-12 18:04:46)
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        The 2011 Miss USA pageant contestants were asked this summer, “Should evolution be taught in schools?” The winner, Alyssa Campanella of California said, “Yes.” Perhaps a better question for the young women would be, “Should the Bible be taught in public schools?” And the answer should be "yes" again. There is no doubt that the Bible has great effect in the education of America

Many people have a wrong understanding; they believed that the Christians are ignorant, because they think the Bible was not very meaningful in Education. Actually, the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.

     In colonial America, people used the Bible to learn to read, and many desired to learn to read in order to read the Bible. Until recently, well-educated Americans could be expected to be familiar with and even quote biblical texts and to recognize biblical characters, imagery, and allusions such as “forbidden fruit” and “killing the fatted calf.” Not to be able to do so would mark you as a Philistine. In the seminal Abington vs. Schempp ruling in 1963, the court ruled against state-sponsored devotional reading of the Bible. Yet, it supported the secular study of the Bible. It stated: “It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as a part of a secular program of education, may not be affected consistently with the First Amendment.”

      In the class, many students think of the Bible as a collection of stories about meek and mild role models. When they read about Samson, they realize how compelling biblical texts can be. The teacher discussed Samson’s anger management problems and list criminal with the students and charges for his actions. The epic story of Joseph provides another example of great biblical literature. Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is sold into slavery by his brothers. Despite starting out as a Hebrew slave in Egypt, Joseph works his way up to a high-level job in Pharaoh’s administration. This may be an ancient story, but the tale of Joseph’s rise to power and eventual reunion with his family provides tearful drama that rivals any current episode of Lifetime’s "Coming Home."

While the Bible is undeniably central to American written texts, it also remains part of their public discourse. It is used in speeches and public debates. Too often it is taken out of context and used to support a particular argument. Greater knowledge of the historical and literary contexts of biblical texts would help to bring about more informed debate. It would help citizens understand the continued use and misuse of the Bible. Yet, learning biblical texts can contribute toward making the US more competitive in the global marketplace. Students who can read critically and make coherent arguments are competitive. The Bible is not easy to read, and it does not provide easy answers. Studying the Bible helps students to formulate questions about themselves, their communities, and the texts that they read.

Modern education in America has pay equal attention to virtue and knowledge. The Sophists of our age have severed the link between reason and virtue, between the mind and the heart; there is objective truth out there, which it is our duty to pursue and discover. But there is also an objective moral order out there, as well as in here. An adequate education dare not ignore either the mind or the heart. Just as we dare not divorce education from matters of the heart, so we must not separate education from religion. Like any important human activity, education has an inescapable religious component. 
 
The most important thing is the moral education. Moral questions are among the great questions facing the individual person and the human race.
In America, the Bible plays an important role in education. As one central authority goes, “the bible served as the primary textbook for reading and the daily lessons reinforced a commitment to morale codes of behavior based upon the scripture.” Usually, according to the Bible, the story told the students about: morality, including respect for differences and the significance of religion; truth; open discussion; justice; patriotism; integrity; empathy, including the “golden rule” (Treat others as you would like to be treated); moral interaction and ethical reflection; and the capacity to recognize values, including respect for the family, property, reliability, and for law. In America, the parents won’t tell the children whether it is right or wrong before they do something, but tell the result of it. Besides this, parents will also act as a moral model for children.
 
Nowadays, the influence of the Bible is throughout the world. Many elite universities quoted scripture from the Bible as the school motto. For example,
         In Yale University							
		

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