(The board borrowed part of its legal strategy from Star Wars: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”)
The board was confident enough that the technique was working that it bravely went on to quote the rest of the same policy: "When ideas that may be controversial are introduced, teachers, while having a right to their opinion on the subject, shall state it as such and they should be objective in presenting various sides of the issues."
C. When discussing a controversial issue, the teacher may express his/her own personal position as long as s/he makes it clear that it is only his/her opinion. The teacher must not, however, bring about a single conclusion to which all students must subscribe.
D. The teacher should encourage student views on issues as long as the expression of those views is not derogatory, malicious, or abusive toward other student views or toward a particular group.
E. Teachers should help students use a critical thinking process such as the following to examine different sides of an issue:
For each stated position:
1. What is the person (group) saying?
2. What evidence is there that what is being said is true?
3. What is said that would lead you to think the position is valid?
4. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this position?
5. What do you think would happen if this point of view was accepted and was put into practice?
For reaching conclusions:
1. On balance, what do you think is the most reasoned statement? the most valid position?
2. What is there in the statements that supports your conclusion? What other things, beside what is being said, leads you to your conclusion?