Schools urged to put Bible in classes

Author: Robert King
Date Published: 10/05/2000

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“Mary Liadis, a member and pastor’s wife at the Eastern Orthodox St. Nicholas Chapel in Brooksville, welcomed the Bible class proposal, too.

‘As long as they are taught that there is a God I don’t care what they believe. Basically we are all striving for goodness,’ Liadis said. ‘If you don’t believe in something . . . how can you live your life thinking it’s just you.'”

One School Board member says it would help reinforce ethics in children.

BROOKSVILLE – School Board member Jerry Milby says God is the answer to what’s ailing public schools. And he wants Hemando County to offer Bible courses as a way to bring God back into the classroom.

Milby, a former chaplain and adjunct professor of theology, told board members Tuesday night that a Bible course should be added to the high school curriculum as an elective.

He says it would reinforce positive ethics in children — something that many aren’t receiving at home. He believes the exposure could alleviate some of the gravest ills facing schools – Columbine-style school shootings and the rise of neo-Nazi type hate groups.

“I wonder what would have happened (at Columbine) if we hadn’t strayed in removing the consciousness of God in our school systems,” Milby said. “I see an effort almost on a nationwide basis to sterilize our school systems of the consciousness of God.”

The Bible, once a foundational text in early American classrooms, is making something of a comeback in schools. Efforts to restore its place in the classroom have cropped up this year in Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana and West Virginia.

And Florida.

In Pinellas County, a citizens group tried this past summer to add a Bible class developed by a North Carolina-based group to the course menu. The curriculum, which was rejected in the Lee County schools after a federal court fight, is still being reviewed.

And after the People for the American Way decried the way the Bible was being taught in 14 Florida counties, the state Department of Education revised its guidelines for Bible classes, moving them from the history curriculum to the humanities.

The two new courses