This electronic version has already been greatly welcomed in public
schools. The Lubbock, Texas school board voted to implement the National
Council's (NCBCPS) curriculum over two other curricula that were
available. (See article below.)
Published: Friday, May 21, 2010
Bible classes set for three Lubbock high schools
Two new elective courses to be taught during the next school
year at Lubbock, Monterey and Coronado high schools will involve
students' using a famous textbook chosen by the Texas Legislature - the
A literacy study of the Old Testament will be offered in the
fall semester, and a similar New Testament study will be taught in the
spring of 2011, according to Misty Rieber, coordinator of social studies
for the Lubbock Independent School District.
Offering the courses wasn't a decision made on the level of
local school districts. House Bill 1287 from the 2007 Texas Legislature
requires Texas school districts to offer the courses to students in
grades nine through 12 if enough students show an interest in taking
The Bible courses will not be taking a religious perspective, Rieber said.
"What it says in the law is that the purpose is not to
proselytize but to look at the history and literature connections from
the Bible to our society and our culture," she said.
The Texas Education Agency set 15 students who sign up for
the courses as the minimum number for sufficient student interest,
That was no problem at Lubbock High, Monterey and Coronado,
where a combined number of more than 100 students have signed up for one
or both of the Bible courses, Rieber said. Some of the schools may even
have more than one section of the courses.
However, there haven't been enough students at Estacado to warrant the courses, she said.
"Things change over the summer, but as it stands now, they
just didn't have enough students with room in their schedules," Rieber
That was the same circumstance at Lubbock-Cooper High School,
which will not offer the Bible courses, said Jo Ellen Henderson,
Lubbock-Cooper director of public information.
Like Estacado, Lubbock-Cooper is a 3A high school with a much
smaller student body than 5A schools Lubbock, Monterey and Coronado.
The Bible classes aren't being planned at Frenship High
School, said Andy Penney, Frenship Independent School District director
of public relations and information.
"At this time, we don't have enough interest to offer a course like that for 2010-11," Penney said.
Most of the Lubbock ISD students who are planning to take the
courses signed up for both semesters, but a few of them were only able
to fit one of the courses into their schedules, Rieber said. Any
students from freshmen to seniors are eligible to take the courses.
"Typically it would attract upperclassmen because it is a
special topics course, which means it is an extra elective for
students," Rieber said.
Although the Bible is the primary textbook of the literacy
courses, there is a supplemental text as well: "The Bible in History in
Literature," published in 2007 by the National Council of Bible
Curriculum in Public Schools.
The Lubbock school district appointed a Bible Literacy
Curriculum Committee of six teachers who are voting members and two
administrators who are non-voting members. The six voting members of the
committee chose the supplemental text, Rieber said.
The committee members were split between backgrounds in
history and in literature (English/language arts), but they did a good
job of combining the two perspectives, Rieber said.
"They were professional and respectful of one another's opinions," she said.
The committee members chose the text from three choices eligible for consideration.
"They picked the one they thought would best meet the needs of the classes," Rieber said.
-- Reprint courtesy of The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal --
The National Council on Bible Curriculum has had its Bible
course implemented in 2,080 public high schools to date. Over 370,000
students have taken this course nationwide.
For further information on how to get this Bible curriculum in public schools, please call 336-272-8838 or 1-877-ON-BIBLE,