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Woodlake Unified School District |  AR  6144  Instruction

Controversial Issues   

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Controversial issues may be discussed in the classroom, provided that:

1. The issue is related to the course of study and provides opportunities for critical thinking, for developing tolerance, and for understanding conflicting points of view.

2. The issue has a meaningful relationship to matters of concern to the students.

3. Available information about the issue is sufficient to allow alternative points of view to be discussed and evaluated on a factual basis.

4. All sides of the issue are given a proper hearing, using established facts as primary evidence.

5. The issue has points of view which can be understood and defined by the students.

6. The teacher does not use his/her position to forward his/her own religious, political, economic or social bias. The teacher may express a personal opinion if he/she identifies it as such and does not express the opinion for the purpose of persuading students to his/her point of view.

7. Discussion or study of the issue is instigated by the students or by the established curriculum, but not by a source outside of the schools.

8. The discussion does not reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, handicap or occupation.

9. The oral or written presentation does not violate state or federal law.

The Superintendent or designee shall have the authority to judge whether the above conditions are being met.



approved: April 15, 1998 Woodlake, California