Arnie was a sixth-grade teacher who had a problem. He called me to explain that as part of his lessons on vocabulary words, he would read to his students from a variety of sources that introduced them to new words. Occasionally, he would read from the Bible.
“I have a mom who has complained to my principal,” he said. She let the principal know in no uncertain terms that she didn’t want her child’s teacher reading from the Bible. She didn’t want the Bible used in any way at school.
“The principal is a nice guy and wants to support me,” Arnie continued, “but he’s going to have a second meeting with this mom and needs to tell her what he’s going to do about her complaint.”
Arnie was frustrated and concerned. Could he defend his actions, or would he have to stop reading the Bible to his students? I referred him to the California state standards that expect sixth-grade educators to have students read many Old Testament stories.
“Not only can you use the Bible for vocabulary words,” I explained, “you can read the story of creation, the Exodus, the giving of the 10 Commandments, and David and Goliath. Plus, you’re supposed to teach them about the life and teachings of Jesus ‘as described in the New Testament.’”
Arnie had never heard of this and quickly found a copy of the state standards at his school.
Now, well equipped, he was able to defend his actions.
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