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Houston Chronicle: Bible courses a mixed bag in school

A new report by SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey has received widespread coverage by the media.

The report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. On March 9 the Houston Chronicle published a piece by Chancey about the research study.
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State of Belief: Teaching the bible at public schools in Texas

Religious radio State of Belief with Rev. Welton Gaddy interviewed SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey for its program “Teaching the bible at public schools in Texas,” which aired March 11. Continue reading

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Salon: How the religious right is undermining education

News web site Salon covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey. A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. The Salon article “How the religious right is undermining education” published Feb. 25.

Chancey prepared the report for the Austin-based education watchdog group Texas Freedom Network. His study uncovered bias, factual errors and insufficient curriculum standards in Texas public school Bible courses. Continue reading

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The New York Times: In Texas, Public School Bible Classes Inch Toward Evangelism

The New York Times has written about the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey. A recent report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. The March 1 article by Mark Oppenheimer, “In Texas, Public School Bible Classes Inch Toward Evangelism,” quotes Chancey and cites his research. Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Texas Public Schools Teaching ‘End Times’ Theology, Creationism: Study

The Huffington Post covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey. A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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RD Magazine: New Report on Angels & Aliens in Texas Schools

An essay by SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey details his research findings published in his new report, “Reading, Writing & Religion II.” Chancey’s research found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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Star-Telegram: Movie on PBS puts Texas in odd light

The Star-Telegram noted the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey. A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. The Jan. 26 column by Bud Kennedy, “Movie on PBS puts Texas in odd light,” makes note of the research. Continue reading

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Most Texas ISDs teaching Bible skirt 2007 state law

Most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that teach courses about the Bible aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the classes be fair as well as academically and legally sound, says religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

Chancey’s new report “Reading, Writing & Religion II” uncovered bias, factual errors and insufficient curriculum standards in Texas public school Bible courses. Continue reading

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ABC News 13: Study finds many school Bible classes ‘problematic’

ABC News and the Associated Press covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair and academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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