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Ryan Walters: Bible required to be taught in Oklahoma classrooms

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  25 comments

By:   Josh Wallace (KOCO)

Ryan Walters: Bible required to be taught in Oklahoma classrooms
On Thursday, State Superintendent Ryan Walters issued a memorandum that all Oklahoma schools are now required to incorporate the Bible in their curriculum.

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On Thursday, State Superintendent Ryan Walters issued a memorandum that all Oklahoma schools are now required to incorporate the Bible in their curriculum.

By Josh Wallace Ryan Walters: Bible required to be taught in Oklahoma classrooms

Ryan Walters: Bible required to be taught in Oklahoma classrooms

On Thursday, State Superintendent Ryan Walters issued a memorandum that all Oklahoma schools are now required to incorporate the Bible in their curriculum.

o school districts is "effective immediately," schools are required to add the book as instructional support into curriculum across specified grade levels.

In a copy of the directive, sent Thursday to all school superintendents, the Oklahoma State Department of Education said grades 5 through 12 will have the Bible in their curriculum.

Walter's office said the directive "is in alignment with the educational standards approved on or about May 2019, with which all districts must comply," according to the news release.

"The Bible is an indispensable historical and cultural touchstone," said Walters. "Without basic knowledge of it, Oklahoma students are unable to properly contextualize the foundation of our nation which is why Oklahoma educational standards provide for its instruction. This is not merely an educational directive but a crucial step in ensuring our students grasp the core values and historical context of our country."

"Adherence to this mandate is compulsory. Further instructions for monitoring and reporting on this implementation for the 2024/25 school year will be forthcoming," school superintendents were told in the directive. "Immediate and strict compliance is expected."


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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Yes Virginia, Christian Nationalisn IS Fascism!

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

I wonder if the thumpers will be using rabbits to teach biology ...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago

... underage rabbits that belong to the same family...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago

Perhaps home ec, as there are a number of tasty dishes made from rabbit.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
2  MrFrost    2 weeks ago

Which bible? 

 
 
 
Hallux
PhD Principal
2.1  Hallux  replied to  MrFrost @2    2 weeks ago

It All Started With Columbus by Richard Armour

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
2.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Hallux @2.1    2 weeks ago

It All Started With Columbus by Richard Armour

Oh ok, here I thought it was titled, "Two Corinthians"

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  MrFrost @2    2 weeks ago

The King Donald Trump Bible, of course.. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.2.1  Kavika   replied to  JBB @2.2    2 weeks ago

Only $29.99 each.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
2.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @2.2    2 weeks ago

The God Bless the USA Bible which only costs $83.37 after tax and shipping.

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
3  George    2 weeks ago

Sigh, Maybe this idiot should be personally responsible for paying for the costs he is incurring by being a moron.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  George @3    2 weeks ago

This is a Banner Day! I agree with George...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.2  Kavika   replied to  George @3    2 weeks ago

The moron surcharge applies.

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
3.2.1  George  replied to  Kavika @3.2    2 weeks ago

The idiot in charge has 2 brain cells and they are both fighting for 3rd place.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Guide
4  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

Total whack job.

he is interpreting  HB-1775 (2019) incorrectly, he was even told by the legislature in 2023 that his "rules" were unenforceable.

I believe he and the department are still under investigation for Covid funding misappropriation.

After a few years of teaching, this tennis buddy of the governor, was assigned to a state educational commission (2019)

and in 2022 was elected Superintendent with none of the experience or credentials that usually go with the job. After that election he was charged with 14 violations of campaign finance laws.

  

On May 11,   Oklahoma House of Representatives   Democrats called on Governor Stitt to call for Walters resignation. The Governor's office responded "Secretary Walters is doing a great job fighting for parents' right to be in charge of their child's education and advocating for funding students, not government-controlled systems." [18]

Later in May, Oklahoma newspapers reported that while working as Secretary of Education, Walters remained Executive Director of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, an Oklahoma education non-profit. Walters was paid approximately $120,000 a year by Every Kid Counts Oklahoma compared to his state salary of $40,000.   The Frontier   and   Oklahoma Watch   reported that Every Kid Counts Oklahoma was funded by national school privatization advocates and charter school expansion advocates, such as the   Walton Family Foundation   and another group founded by   Charles Koch . [13]

In August 2023,   The Oklahoman   reported that the state auditor,   Cindy Byrd , found, through a state audit that included the Bridge the Gap program, that $1.7 million was spent on various non-educational items such as kitchen appliances, power tools, furniture, and entertainment. The Bridge the Gap program was overseen by Walters at the time of the misappropriation. The   Federal Bureau of Investigation   is investigating the misspending of federal funds meant to help Oklahoma children learn at home during the pandemic as part of the $39.9 million Governor's Emergency Education Relief, or GEER, grant.    Ryan Walters (politician) - Wikipedia
 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5  Gsquared    2 weeks ago
"Without basic knowledge of it, Oklahoma students are unable to properly contextualize the foundation of our nation..."

That is really a bunch of B.S. on so many levels.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
6  shona1    2 weeks ago

Morning.. meanwhile the kids struggle to read and write..

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
6.1  George  replied to  shona1 @6    2 weeks ago

But they do understand it’s time to hug dad goodbye when he tells them to hold his beer.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
7  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Why is this happening now?  Because the Christian nationalists feel that this Supreme Court is on their side. 

But I don't think even this Supreme Court will go this far off mainstream separation of church and state.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Guide
7.1  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @7    2 weeks ago

Well it's the 10th Circuit of Appeals which isn't burdened by reputations like the Fifth, 2ND or the 11THCircuit.

The 10th ( Neil Gorsuch graduate ) is more steeped in tribal issues than most Circuits.

It should not get that far. It shouldn't even get to the OK Supreme Court.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
8  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

Maybe they can met them halfway and have a tranny teach it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
8.1  Gsquared  replied to  Sparty On @8    2 weeks ago

That's pretty funny.  Who wrote it for you?

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
8.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Gsquared @8.1    2 weeks ago

Certainly not any of my friends on the left.    Way too angry that group.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

So here we go again, a couple of days ago the Ten Commandments and now this.  The conservatives are devoted to coming up with new reasons to cause the Republicans to be kicked out of the government - it's suicidal. 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
10  CB    2 weeks ago

Why not? They have already successfully managed to make Christianity look like some insincere posturing by 'madmen' in the 21st century. Just give it to the kids. . . let's see them tear its message to shreds. Because in this day and age that is precisely what is going to happen. . . and much faster than up to now.

 
 

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