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601.16 Teaching Controversial Issues

601.16          

TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

A “controversial issue” is a topic about which groups of citizens of this community, state, or nation hold conflicting points of view.

It is the belief of the Board that controversial issues should be presented in a manner that will allow students to recognize the validity of differing points of view and formulate their own opinions based upon objective study and discussion of the facts related to the controversy.

It shall be the responsibility of the instructor to present full and fair opportunity for students to study, consider, and discuss all sides of controversial issues, including but not limited to political philosophies.

It shall be the responsibility of the instructor to protect the right of the students to study pertinent controversial issues within the limits of good taste, and to allow the students to express personal opinions without jeopardizing their relationship with the instructor of the school.

It shall be the responsibility of the instructor to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or selfish propaganda of any kind through any classroom; however, an instructor shall not be prohibited from expressing a personal opinion as long as students are encouraged to reach their own decisions independently.

It shall be the policy of this school system to encourage full discussion of controversial issues, in a spirit of academic freedom that shows students that while they have the right to disagree with the opinions of others, they also have the responsibility to respect the right of others to hold differing opinions.

 

Approved:         3/14/88              Reviewed:        4/23/12        Revised: ___________

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