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Joplin Schools Adopt MSBA Policy to use Religious Texts in Elective classes

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   The Joplin school board has adopted a policy recommended by the state school board association urging scrutiny when using religious texts in the classroom.
     Joplin high constitution team students debate religion's role in shaping our nation's founding document.
      But the policy clarifies that when  classes such as literature and history incorporate works  of world religions --  those sources should be checked.
      The principal says it's important that schools  don't teach  religion, but about religion, and it's important to know an author's intent. 

Dr. Kerry Sachetta says its important, "To be very  critical of all those  sources because internet has a lot of sources out there. Obviously we can bring a bible into class or whatever,  but what is the relationship  between what it is  you're teaching and  standards and  objectives of the curriculum. How does that inform  it or help  kids understand how decisions were  made in history, whatever happened, however  it pertains to what we're talking about?"


Administrators say textbooks have already been reviewed before they are used in classrooms. They don't expect the msba policy to limit teachers access to materials.


 



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