The presentation and discussion of controversial issues in the classroom should be on an
informative basis. Staff members have the responsibility to treat controversial topics as impartially
and as objectively as possible; to explore the possibility of alternative and/or divergent positions
and opinions; to determine the degree and extent of consideration given to a specific issue based
on knowledge, maturity and competence of the student and class; to ensure that an accurate,
factual and balanced presentation of materials is readily available for the student; to help students
to be tolerant of arguments in opposition to each individual's own prejudices and biases and to
cultivate a habit of delaying decisions until all available facts have been considered.
Three (3) basic rights of the student are:
1. The right to study controversial issues which are of genuine interest to the student and
which have political, social or economic significance. Genuine interest may be apparent
by the expression and formulation of opinion on the part of the student.
2. The right to study under competent instruction in an atmosphere free from bias and
3. The right of access to relevant information freely available in the school or public libraries.
Emotional criticism and the promotion of a cause within the classroom are inappropriate and
unprofessional. The teacher's attitude should be that of the true scholar which is truth- seeking,
open-minded and tolerant.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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