Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Fiction 101

From the AP:

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum.

Hundreds of people, most of them supporters of the proposal, packed the board meeting Tuesday night. More than 6,000 Odessa residents had signed a petition supporting the class.

Some residents, however, said the school board acted too quickly. Others said they feared a national constitutional fight.

Barring any hurdles, the class should be added to the curriculum in fall 2006 and taught as a history or literature course. The school board still must develop a curriculum, which board member Floy Hinson said should be open for public review.

I have no problem with teaching the Bible as history — as long as it’s in there with Greek mythology — so the students get an idea of what formed a culture. And I don’t have a problem with teaching it as literature; any book that starts off with two naked people and a talking snake is right up there with Beowulf. Just keep it the hell out of the science curriculum.