The board believes in the academic freedom of teachers to objectively present materials, topics for discussion, and points of view in an unbiased manner.
Academic freedom may be defined as the right of a qualified educator to pursue the search for truth in its many forms and to make public his methods and findings. It is the right of a qualified teacher to encourage freedom of discussion and controversial questions in the classroom and to developing in his students a love of knowledge and a desire to search for truth. The teachers should keep in mind that academic freedom is a necessary condition for the successful practice of the academic profession in a free society.
It is recognized that in the application of the principle of academic freedom at the public school level, the teachers should take into account the maturity level of their students and the need for guidance and help in studying the issues and arriving at balanced views.
Academic freedom is not an absolute. It must be exercised within the basic ethical responsibilities of the teaching profession. Those responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. A commitment to democratic tradition and its methods.
2. A concern for the welfare, growth, and development of children.
3. The method of scholarship.
4. Application of good taste and judgement in selecting and employing materials and methods of instruction applicable to the teaching assignment.
Cross Reference: 504 Student Rights and Responsibilities
1005.10 Distribution or Posting of Materials
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