Controversial Issues/Guest Speakers
In the consideration of controversial issues having political, economic, or social significance, the teacher or guest speaker in a school situation will recognize these general principles:
- Primary purposes of such consideration are:
- Development of a love for knowledge, a desire to search for truth, and a pattern of action to determine it.
- Cultivation of a deep and abiding sense of the worth of political liberty.
- The development of responsible and participating members of our American democratic society.
- Emotional criticism and promotion of a cause are inappropriate and unscholarly. The teacher's or guest speaker’s attitude shall be one of truth-seeking, open-mindedness, and tolerance.
- Consideration of issues shall be in an atmosphere free from bias and prejudice.
- Access to relevant information shall be freely available in the school, public libraries, and other sources.
- Avoidance of expressing a personal opinion is advisable. It may be expressed, if clearly labeled, when all the facts are assembled and it is likely to further an understanding of the issues involved.
- The relative immaturity of students and their need for guidance in studying the issues and arriving at balanced views must be taken into consideration.
Initially Adopted: November 13, 1962
Adopted: December 14, 2009
Amended: March 12, 2012