Kentucky seeks comment on Bible literacy education standards

Earlier this year, Kentucky passed a law requiring the state to develop guidelines for elective Bible literacy courses. Now, the Department of Education is asking for feedback on those standards.

The elective social studies courses the KDE must create standards for are: Hebrew Scriptures and the Old Testament of the Bible, The New Testament of the Bible, and Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament of the Bible.

The KDE says the purpose of those classes is to focus on the historical impact and literacy style of the texts and teach biblical content, figures, poetry, and narratives that the department says “are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy.” The courses are already available in some Kentucky schools, open to students in ninth grade and above.

Members of the public can now review statements in the proposed standards and give feedback to help the state continue to develop them. Through an online survey, you can and give suggestions that the KDE can use to refine the standards.

The KDE says it is collecting initial feedback through Dec. 10. To fill out the survey on the standards, click here.

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