Policy EJA - Teaching About Controversial Issues
Issue Date: December 16, 2009
Following are the guidelines for teaching about issues that may be controversial:
- The approach to controversial topics is impartial and objective.
- The treatment of the issue in question must be within the range of knowledge, maturity, and competence of the students.
- Study materials and other learning aids must be available. from which a reasonable amount of data pertaining to all aspects of the issue may be obtained.
- The issue should be current, significant, real, and important to the students and the teacher.
- In discussing controversial issues, the teacher will keep in mind that the classroom is a forum and not a committee for producing resolutions or dogmatic pronouncements. The class should feel no responsibility for reaching an agreement.
- Although it is the teacher’s responsibility to bring out the facts concerning a controversial question, he or she has the right to express his or her opinions, providing the students understand that it is his/her own opinion and it is not to be accepted by them as the authoritative answer.
- The Principal bears a major responsibility for the administration and supervision of the curriculum, selection of materials and methods of instruction.
- The Principal must be alert and aware of what is being taught in the school.