Newton —In the beginning, there was a 10th-grader who took a silly stand. And a bunch of adults who caved in and made some bad decisions. When Newton South High School officials waived two Honors English quizzes for 10th-grader Jack Summers, their decision not only did Summers a disservice, it set a precedent that could allow students to appeal all sorts of assignments in the future. The Bible as literature is part of the 10th-grade curriculum at Newton South and part of the state frameworks. Because Summers is a self-proclaimed atheist, he refused to read it and take two quizzes. But nowhere in the syllabus are students asked to believe what they read any more than they are asked to believe in Greek gods when they read Homer. The Bible exists, regardless of whether the stories are true. For Summers, not knowing Bible stories will create a deficit in his academic life, particularly as he delves deeper into literature. South officials weren’t just making a decision for Summers, though. They were permitting future students to exempt themselves from particular curriculum. What about students who are vegetarians? Do they have to read books that involve the killing of animals? Some 11th-graders at Newton South read Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” about the Vietnam War. Should pacifists have to read such a detailed book? The list goes on. Fifteen-year-olds should not decide what they will and will not read for an English class. The adults who made this decision failed Summers and the rest of our community. http://www.wickedlocal.com/newton/n...n-TAB-Editorial-Bible-lessons-at-Newton-South Newton school officials mixed on Bible lesson waiver - Newton, Massachusetts - Newton TAB thoughts?