The Atlanta Board of Education has a vote at its door to include two new classes in its optional curriculum. The key word here is “optional.” The classes proposed are “History of the Old Testament Era” and “Literature and History of the New Testament Era.” I don’t like the sound of those big “Era” words. Sounds like they’re going to retell some history through the wisdom of the Bible. As an elective, I can’t be terribly offended by the offering. It’s up to the student body to determine whether or not they’ll take it. However, some good points were brought up. In a public education system, it’s the public that pays for the curriculum. By way of the government, is it Constitutional to have the tax payers afford a diminished line of church and state? And if it’s going to be part of the Board of Education’s program, I’ll bet the teaching methodology and material gets scrutinized at a daily rate. The system would get so bogged down in social interest that nothing could ever be taught effectively. You’ll also inevitably have those that rally for additional elective programs to be offered; pagan, Buddhist, Judaic, Muslim, and every other dogma (and anti-dogma) out there would have something to say. Personally, I’d recommend my son go for the Flying Spaghetti Monsterism elective when he gets the option.
So in the end, instead of worrying about our children’s souls falling into the wrong hands (read: anyone but his mother or father), I’ll instead bank on the fact that a totally polarized issue like this being thrown into a totally public space will inevitably fall to utter chaos and demise. Maybe I’m naïve, but I’m betting on the general public’s indecisiveness to get me through this one.