As is normal with Bob, he is lying. When Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States, he was also elected President of the Washington, D.C. school board. Washington, D.C. only had two schools at the time and they never used the Bible as a textbook. After Jefferson’s Presidency, a school was opened that did teach the Bible as one of several reading texts, but only because it was the only book printed in mass quantities in America. Most school textbooks had to be imported from England, and the war of 1812 was making that hard to do. And even then, people were complaining that the schools weren’t teaching religion!
In 1778, when Thomas Jefferson did show his plan for education, he intentionally left out the Bible as required reading, saying:
Instead therefore, of putting the Bible and Testament into the hands of the children at an age when their judgments are not sufficiently matured for religious inquiries, their memories may here be stored with the most useful facts from Grecian, Roman, European, and American history.I will never understand why Bob wants the schools to do the church’s job. Is Bob's faith so weak that he feels the Bible must be taught by people who may not even believe it? Or who doesn't believe it in the same way as him? Or is Bob so naïve as to think that every Christian thinks as he does?
I don’t want the Bible being taught in school because I don’t want my tax dollars going towards teaching a version of the Bible that I may not agree with. After all, if you were Catholic, would you want someone teaching that the Pope is evil? Or if you are a Baptist, would you want someone teaching that you must pray in tongues or that baptism is necessary to be born again? If you’re a Pentecostal, do you want your children to be taught that the last of the Prophets died almost 2,000 years ago? Or what if your teacher was a Jehovah’s Witness? Do you want someone teaching that the Bible says there is no Trinity? Not to mention if you’re Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, or anything else!
That’s why it's not the job of public school system to teach theology. It's the church's job! If Bob feels so threatened by the idea that the only way you can have more Christians is to have the government dictate matters of faith, then what does that say about the faith of Bob?