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ICC Note: The suggestion that one Delaware Public High School may soon offer a class on the Bible has renewed the debate over the proper separation of church and state. Although the class, which would focus on a study of the Bible as a work of literature, has been determined to technically be legal, there is still debate over who should teach the class and how to calm concern the class would be used to “indoctrinate” students. 
7/25/2013 United States (TheBlaze) – There’s debate over a proposed high school class in one Delaware community. The course, one that would explore the Bible’s role in both history and society, would be optional for students — but that hasn’t halted the controversy surrounding it.
The elective class is spawning angst among those who fear separation of church and state violations. Supporters, however, believe that the educational experience will offer a viable way to teach students about the massive impact the book has had on society.
In taking the course, students would read the Bible, but they would also rely upon an accompany textbook, Delaware Online reports. Rather than a religious study, the class is being dubbed by supporters as offering an academic lens through which the historical book can be examined.
“An educated person needs to know about the Bible. It’s a great course,” resident Betsy Glover said at a past board meeting, according to CapeGazette.com. “If Cape does it, it would be the first school in the state.”
Sandi Minard who serves on the Cape Henlopen School Board in Lewes, Delaware, proposed the class after speaking with parents who felt that it would be a good idea. While it was apparently determined by the community’s curriculum board that it would be legal to host the class, numerous concerns have arisen.
Mainly, board members are wondering who should teach the class. There are positives and negatives to hiring a teacher who is a person of faith versus one who rejects Biblical tenets. Indoctrination, though, is something that all parties must consider.

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