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Oklahoma schools are required to teach the Bible, state superintendent says

It was not immediately clear how the Bible would be taught or what instructional standards around it would require

Oklahoma's state superintendent on Thursday mandated that all public schools teach the Bible in a move that he said was meant to impart "historical understanding," but that critics say blurs the constitutional boundary between church and state.

"The Bible is a necessary historical document to teach our kids about the history of this country, to have a complete understanding of Western civilization, to have an understanding of the basis of our legal system - and is frankly, we're talking about the Bible, one of the most foundational documents used for the Constitution and the birth of our country," superintendent Ryan Walters (R) said while announcing the policy.

It was not immediately clear how the Bible would be taught or what instructional standards around it would require. A memo to Oklahoma school districts from Walters's office said schools "are required to incorporate the Bible, which includes the Ten Commandments," into curriculum for fifth through 12th grades, effective immediately.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/06/27/oklahoma-bible-schools/

 

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