Why do I Disagree About Reading Bibles at Schools?
Updated: Feb 15
By: María Báez
An issue that has been very fashionable for a few years is the absence of the Bible in schools. This is closely associated to "take God out of the schools" and a great bane of youth because of it. How about I tell you otherwise? Yes, I think this is a lie for the reasons I will mention below:
1- Spiritual education is the responsibility of parents, not the school. An example of that is who writes, I studied in a Catholic school and do not read the Bible very often unless it was in the class of religion or religious activity. Therefore, in a public or private school without religious influence, the chances of reading the Bible were and remain minor.
Parents are responsible for educating their children in the way they want or consider spiritually appropriate. That same school where I studied, there were students of other beliefs. They never switched to Catholicism, and both, students and their parents knew from enrollment that they should participate in Catholic activities, and never claimed. On the contrary, children always tried to be good students to avoid being expelled from school.
The family is often not fulfilling its role properly. Students take to school what happens in their environment, tell yourself the family and the community where you live. When a student is from a family with some training, responsible parents, practitioners, respectful and dedicated towards their children, it does not mean that they have little saints in their homes or that they are models, nor does the Bible have to be read at school, but it shows where they come from Currently, we want to leave education in full to school and it is a serious mistake. The school will acquire skills and knowledge that prepare the individual to enter the work area when he is an adult.
2- In school, the teacher can have a spiritual formation that contradicts that of the student. Suppose that a subject called religion is inserted in the school curriculum, such as when I was a student. This did not usually happen in many schools and in others, only a few details were spoken or only work was done to place a grade; but suppose the teacher does not believe in God or believe in a God of the Universe, he could also be a Muslim, and you are a Christian in any of his categories. Would you really want that person to spiritually educate your children? What if that teacher says something that contradicts your beliefs, even if he is a Christian. What if the child questions you about your religion or believes, and does not want to go to church? Would you agree with that subject at school, or reading other things than those that you believe, for example, the Torah or Tripitaka? If you were a Jew or a Buddhist, would you want your children to receive a Bible education and not the books I just mentioned?
3- Society is the one that has to change. No matter what is said or work in school, this may have some authority in their children, but I wonder what is the real influence in their lives: music, television, internet, church, family or the friends?
While society is not aware of certain values, the media did not highlight positive figures that will inspire others with less vulgarity, continue highlighting negative values, unfortunately, continue as we are. No matter how much Bible reading in school, this is not what dominates the mentality and reality of students.
Now I return to the title that heads this article and I ask the following question: is the lack of the Bible in schools really the cause of social problems? Dear friend who read me, answer yourself the question in accordance with the above.