Yes! You read that right. There are programs available now that are bringing Christian Education to the schools. That may seem impossible, knowing that by law there is a separation of Church and State, but there are some really great options now for teaching Bible basics to school children. The programs that offer these types of courses to students are called Released Time Bible Education (RTBE) classes. They are legally able to offer these classes as an elective, during school time, but off of school campus. Usually, communities raise the funds to purchase or use land nearby the school and erect a classroom very close to school property allowing students to walk to their RTBE courses. With a parent's permission, these classes are available to whoever is interested.
Whether you are a teacher, school administrator, or a parent, I think we can all agree that it takes a village to raise a child up in the way they should go. All of these people mentioned have a hand in shaping our youth and preparing them for whatever their future brings. Released Time Religious Education programs and the teachers who give their time to play a very important role in helping shape our students.
In today's school system, we are no longer able to teach from the Bible in public schools. This may seem like a small issue, but it can negatively affect a school in many ways. Released Time Bible Education programs have set out to fill the gap, and to mend some of these issues. Schools all across the US have noticed a shift in the culture in school-age children, and many have turned to character education and other released time religious education programs to help them train up our coming generations.
Since the removal of the Bible in schools, teaching the Bible in Public Schools has been a big subject. There have been studies that show it would be a benefit to schools, teachers, and most importantly students, to bring it back. Teaching the Bible in Publish Schools is still against the law, but there are programs that have found a way to incorporate it into the students' school day, without infringing on the law. This is where Released Time Bible Education (or RTBE for short) comes in. With the help of these programs, schools around the nation are able to reintroduce the Bible and the Bible’s moral compass back to students everywhere.
As our world gets busier and busier by the day, character education programs become more and more important for today's public schools. You may be wondering, why? You may even be wondering what character education programs do, or how they work? We believe that today, as teachers, students, and even parents have so much on their plate that character education may be falling farther on the task list. That is where these helpful programs come in, guiding students to thrive, teaching skills that will attribute to positive, helpful, and responsible youth for tomorrow.
There are many reasons that religious education should be implemented in schools. Many may not understand the purpose of this type of education or even how it works. This type of education is a little different than public education.