2019 Religion In Schools Getty
What Americans have said

What teachers said: Does religious study belong in school?

In addition to the traditional PDK poll of Americans, PDK convened online focus groups with public school parents and public school teachers, thanks to funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. These comments are drawn from those two groups.

Bible studies classes should be up to the parent whether they choose a private school or education through their church, but I do not believe it should be in the public schools. Comparative religion classes might cause some to feel uncomfortable. But I could see it being offered as an elective, and it should require parent approval.

Shawna, 43, Black kindergarten teacher in urban Maryland

I am opposed to a class that solely concentrates on Bible study. I am however for a comparative religion class in which all religions and even non-religions are spoken of and depicted fairly.

Jennifer, 35, Hispanic kindergarten teacher in rural New Jersey

I don't believe Bible classes should be taught but can be provided as an after-school club. Teaching one view on religion would violate the rights on non-Christian students.

Deborah, 53, White high school life skills teacher in suburban Missouri

Maybe a comparative religion or interfaith course would be OK, but with much care, so as not to proselytize.

Liz, 50, White 1st-grade teacher in urban California

No on Bible studies. That’s insane.

Jed, 35, White middle school technology teacher in rural Washington

Teaching religion in school as a form of history, sociology, and psychology is OK. It will help students understand customs and cultures more. I don't see any harm in it as long as it is taught as neutrally as possible.

Colleen, 41, Black high school teacher in suburban Georgia

Being a Christian, I wouldn't mind if schools offered Bible studies classes with the opportunity for parents to review the curriculum and a strong content-driven certified teacher on the Bible.

Moniqua, 45, Black middle school teacher in urban Michigan

I would like for a student to have a choice to learn the Bible. I find nothing wrong in teaching this course as it would be like teaching welding. It's not like we are making them conform to the religion.

Julio, 47, Hispanic upper elementary teacher in urban Arizona

I don’t think a Bible class, if offered, should be mandatory. If it’s an elective, that is fine. I don’t believe that school is where a class over a specific religion or a comprehensive Bible study should take place. Misinformation can be presented and that only causes confusion.

Brian, 30, White high school teacher in suburban Texas

While I do see America as a Christian nation, religious instruction should happen at home and at church. I don't think it should be mixed with general schooling. I feel it is the parent's place to raise their child how they see fit.

Trisha, 36, White 1st-grade teacher in rural New Mexico

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