ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
Teaching students to be good citizens is accepted as one of the major goals of the public schools. The instructional program which was developed to achieve this purpose properly places great emphasis on the teaching of our American heritage, the rights and privileges we enjoy as citizens and the responsibilities that must be assumed in maintaining the American way of life.
In learning to be effective citizens, it is often necessary for pupils to study controversial issues. In considering such issues, it shall be the purpose of the schools to recognize the pupil’s right and/or obligation to do the following.
1. Study any controversial issue about which (at his/ her level) the pupil should begin to have an opinion.
2. Have free access to all relevant information, including the materials that circulate freely in the community.
3. Study under competent instruction in an atmosphere free from bias and prejudice.
4. Form and express judgments on controversial issues without jeopardizing relations with a teacher or the school.
5. Recognize that reasonable compromise is often an important facet in our society.
6. Respect minority opinion.