Time magazine has an interesting article about teaching the Bible in high schools. The article does a decent job of covering most of the issues surrounding this issue, but also misses some things.
The author seems to get a little confused when talking about the Bible as literature, and even goes so far as to claim:
Without the Bible and a few imposing secular sources, we face a numbing horizontality in our culture–blogs, political announcements, ads. The world is flat, sure. But Scripture is among our few means to make it deep.
Which, you guessed it, is perhaps the most rediculous sentance writen, ever. If the author finds culture flat outside of the bible, perhaps the author would benifit from getting out more.
Beyond that, the article talks about the different sides of having a class on the Bible in public schools, wether or not it could be objective, and all that jazz. One possible solution that it does not come outright and suggest however, is that a study of the bible in any public highschool should be done only as part of perhaps a comparitive religion class – something that focuses on more than just one subject.
There are no other classes that you can take in highschool, electives or otherwise, that study just one book. This kind of in-depth study is usually undertaken in college and graduate school, so why are we trying to do a half-assed job of it at the highschool level?