Raytown, MO

AU received a complaint that a Social Studies teacher at Raytown Middle School told a student that the events of the Bible were historical truth and that the school’s social studies textbook, World History, Journey Across Time: The Early Ages, contained inappropriate religious material. We wrote to the school district to inform them that it is unconstitutional for public-school teachers to present the Bible to public-school students as religious truth. We also cautioned the school district that Journey Across Time possesses a troubling tendency to present Biblical stories alongside historical facts, and that teachers who used the book risk violating the Constitution by presenting Biblical stories as fact, precisely as did the teacher at Raytown Middle. The district contacted us to say that they took our complaint seriously and would speak to the teacher about her comments and about the proper use of the textbook.