The bible is a piece of our history and whether or not a student is religious it is a study of the history of the human race and how early people thought and lived.
The Bible is not just a religious book; it is one of the most incredible pieces of history text imaginable. The Bible teaches us how people lived and how people thought in early human times. It allows us to watch the way human civilization and morality developed from the first days on earth. It gives students a far better understanding of humans, our natures and how we came to be as we are today. The Bible is world history at its best.
No one can live without Jesus. And the Bible is God's holy word sent to us so that we might be saved from eternal damnation. With out God in our lives they are meaningless and dull. The Bible is the most important book in the entire universe and no child should be deprived of the oportunity to hear the gospel.
I don't mean that the Bible should suddenly become part of the curriculum and that everyone has a "Bible study" class or something, but I really think it needs a place in World History. In my old school, we learned about the Quran and Muhammad, and the pillars of Islam in World History, but we learned only a touch about the Bible and that was only in the context of the Reformation (pretty much, we had like two sentences that made vague allusion to the Bible being involved). Since it can easily be argued no one book was more influential throughout history, it definitely deserves at least one lesson sometime throughout your entire education.
No the Bible shouldnt be put into the school system, the Bible isnt based off of reality. The Bible is completely outdated when it comes to anything useful in terms of science and how things actually works, and people who do take everything in the bible seriously are more likely to end up becoming complete idiots.
I am not a Christian, nor do I have any belief of that particular god and since I don't support this religion I can argue without being biased.
If they were to put bibles back in schools they would have to place the Quran and other religious texts. If one religion is to be supported in schools then all must be supported.
Also, the bible does not accurately portray the beginnings of human civilization not only because there were people who existed long before 'God' supposedly came to live.
In my own personal opinion I should not have to learn about the bible unless it is relevant to what is being taught, if you don't support the religion you would be allowed to audit or leave the lesson or other religious materials are brought into schools as well.
In private schools, it is okay, but in public schools, it is not due to the separation of church and state. Plus, by teaching it in schools, the school is like "we teach 'truth', not facts" and also is violating religious freedom until other holy books are also introduced (e.g. Quran) or it is removed.
It cannot be forced upon a child to learn a religious text. Perhaps when they reach high school then all religions should be taught, not just Christianity. That way the child is free from early contamination of religious teachings, unless the parents force it upon them. But they can make an educated decision when they are of age to do so.