Study Finds Most Bible Classes Not Academic

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A study finds that the majority of Bible courses being offered as electives at Texas high schools are devotional and sectarian in their approach.

The yearlong study by the Texas Freedom Network found the courses do not teach about the Bible in a historical or literary context as is required under state law.

The liberal watchdog group also found that most of the courses fail to meet minimal academic standards for teacher qualifications, curriculum and academic rigor, according to a report in the San Antonio Express-News.

The Texas Freedom Network surveyed the more than one-thousand school districts in the state to determine which offered Bible electives.

Mark Chancey, a biblical studies professor at Southern Methodist University, then analyzed the curriculums from 25 districts that offered them as electives last school year.