Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Teaching Not Preaching

Modesto is known as the bible belt of California. It has deep conservative roots in farmland and a vocal Evangelical community.

Like many other places, Modesto is becoming more religiously diverse.

But unlike any other place, religion is a required course in high school here.

"We can't preach, but we can teach," teacher Yvonne Taylor said.

Most schools studiously avoid religion. In fact, Modesto is the only public school district in America where students have to study all major religions to graduate.

While there are many religions here, the goal is to create one community where everyone is accepted. (CBS News article)

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