Oregon-Davis School Corporation
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.

   
 

For reaching conclusions:

   
 

1.

On balance, what do you think is the most reasoned statement? the most valid position?

   
 

2.

What is there in the statements that supports your conclusion? What other things, beside what is being said, leads you to your conclusion?

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