Georgia’s Barrow district schools consider offering Bible-based courses

April 13, 2007

By CHRISTY SMITH
Gwinnett Daily Post

WINDER, Georgia – Barrow County schools are one step closer to offering Bible based elective courses as part of their public school curriculum.

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School board members voted to create a committee of 15 to 20 parents, teachers, students and community members to explore the details of implementing those courses, possibly by fall 2008.

If approved, students will study literary style, structure of culture, customs, law, government, history, art, language and music of the Old and New Testaments.

“The committee will look at the courses, cost and what we will teach,” said Dr. Ron Saunders, Barrow County School superintendent. “We want to get input from the community on what they would like to see while staying within academic guidelines and not proselytizing.”

The courses would be taught by teachers certified to teach history or language arts. The study committee will work to ensure the classes meet federal regulations, according to Chairman Bill Bramlett.

“It’s not going to be like a Sunday School set up,” Saunders said. “We’re not bringing in a preacher.”

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