School district aims to avoid classroom controversies

RHINEBECK — The school district is reviewing how a policy that encourages students to investigate various academic positions also can help prevent confrontations over strong opinions when such issues as global warming are discussed.

“The district has a serious commitment to diversity, tolerance and critical thinking especially on complex topics like global warming,” Board of Education President Paul Slayton said after the mattering was discussed during a board meeting Tuesday night. “If you look at our vision statement, it includes a goal to help students become self-directed learners and complex thinkers. In our core value statement, we include ‘respect’ — we respect and honor the dignity and worth of ourselves, others and the environment.”

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