IMC – Controversial Speakers And Programs

A goal of education is to prepare our students to participate constructively in a democratic, pluralistic society in which many different opinions are held and differing causes are espoused. It is important that students develop an understanding of ideas and of people who may seem unfamiliar to them. It is also important that students develop judgment and the capacity to discern the difference between fact and opinion. Books, files, and other media are valuable for giving students exposure to many differing ideas; but for effective learning, it is also useful to invite appropriate guest speakers to meet with groups of students as part of the educational process.

The School Board, in an effort to uphold the students’ freedom to learn, while also recognizing obligations and responsibilities that the exercise of this freedom entails, establishes the following guidelines:

  1. All guest speakers must be invited through the school principal and an attempt shall be made to engage speakers for both sides of the issues. The teacher/sponsor and any member of administration are expected to exercise judgment and to fully investigate proposed guest speaker.
  2. An appropriate record shall be made of each guest speaker and of his/her presentation.
  3. The ideas presented and the guest speaker invited to present them shall have a demonstrable relation to the curricular or co-curricular activity in which the participating students are involved.
  4. Prior to his or her appearance or participation, the guest speaker shall be given, in writing, and shall agree to abide by the following Board regulations:

A. Profanity, vulgarity, and lewd comments are prohibited.
B. Smoking is not permitted.
C. The teacher/sponsor responsible for inviting the guest speaker, or any member of the school administration, has the right and duty to interrupt or suspend the proceedings if the conduct of the guest speaker is judged to be in poor taste or interfering with the legitimate educational purpose and goals of the school district.

Category: P

1st Read: November 5, 2013
2nd Read: December 3, 2013
Adopted: December 3, 2013