Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

2240 - CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN THE CLASSROOM

The following guidelines are designed to assist teachers in the instruction of controversial issues, defined in Policy 2240, in the classroom:

 

A.

When a controversial issue is not part of a course of study, its use in the classroom must be approved by the principal.

     
 

B.

Before introducing a controversial issue, teachers should consider:

     
 

1.

the chronological and emotional maturity of the students;

     
 

2.

the appropriateness and timeliness of the issue as it relates to the course and the students;

     
 

3.

the extent to which they can successfully handle the issue from a personal standpoint;

     
 

4.

the amount of time needed and available to examine the issue fairly.

     
 

C.

When discussing a controversial issue, the teacher may express his/her own personal position as long as s/he makes it clear that it is only his/her opinion. The teacher must not, however, bring about a single conclusion to which all students must subscribe.

© Neola 2004