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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6144  Instruction

Controversial Issues   

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The Board of Education recognizes that only through an understanding of antecedent facts and values that shape our society, and an understanding of issues and unsolved problems currently confronting society, can students be afforded an opportunity to acquire the fundamental qualifications for citizenship in a growing, changing society.

The district has a responsibility to teach students to be concerned about finding possible answers to problems of concern to students and society. The board believes that:

1. Students should be taught to be willing to take a stand on questions which citizens must decide, and yet to maintain an attitude of open-mindedness toward new facts which may lead to new conclusions.

2. Students should be taught to respect the rights of others to differ in their opinions and beliefs.

3. Accurate information and critical thinking will discourage the uncritical acceptance of unsound proposals for solving controversial issues, and will focus the experience of history upon possible solutions.

There should be serious consideration of controversial issues on public problems in our public schools since respect for facts and an impartial search for truth are inherent in our American democratic society. Problems and issues selected for discussion and investigation should be significant and of interest to students and add to the overall curriculum.

In the district schools, policy concerning controversial issues shall be defined both in terms of the rights of students and in terms of the rights of teachers.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning School Personnel)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs & Customs)

(cf. 6142.1 - Family Life/Sex Education)

Legal Reference:


51510 Prohibited study or supplemental materials

51511 Religious matters properly included in courses of study

51530 Prohibition and definition (re advocating or teaching communism with the intent to indoctrinate, etc.)

51933 Sex education courses

60040 Cultural and racial diversity of society


adopted: November 20, 1989 Escondido, California