South Dakota lawmakers earlier this year urged public schools to provide academic instruction on the Bible.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers earlier this year urged public schools to provide academic instruction on the Bible.
But they may need the patience of Job as they wait for schools to embrace the idea.
The Legislature in January passed a non-binding resolution encouraging schools to teach, not preach, about the Bible so students gain an understanding of its influence on Western civilization's art, history and culture.
Only a few lawmakers questioned whether the measure could blur the line between government and religion.
The members of the Yankton Ministerial Association voted to endorse the idea.
But Yankton Superintendent Joseph Gertsema says the district has no plans to add an elective course on the Bible.
Gertsema and superintendents in districts statewide say teachers already refer to the Bible when appropriate.
(KFGO file photo)