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Hilliard, Ohio: Equity and Diversity Recommendations March 18, 2021
School Board voted to adopt an Equity and Diversity Committee.
Student Rights, according to district policy:
1. Right to study under competent instruction in an atmosphere free from bias and prejudice.
2. Right to form and express their own opinions on controversial issues without jeopardizing relations with teachers or the school.
District Policy also states, "The study of controversial issues should be objective and scholarly with a minimum of emphasis on opinion. The teacher must approach controversial issues in the classroom in an impartial and unprejudiced manner and must refrain from using classroom privileges and prestige to promote a partisan point of view.”
Although, Every student should be comfortable in their school, and feel valued by their teachers, local parents have observed a handful of teachers are not following these policies. An effort intended to help end racism, is in reality creating more division. Some teachers use the classroom to express their personal opinions regarding racial and other controversial political issues.
Teachers should create a classroom environment open for discussion, encouraging students to gather all information and make their own informed decisions, without judgement. When teachers present only one side of an issue, students of opposing beliefs are alienated.
Classroom bias is not new, resulting in viewpoint discrimination. Class projects are graded according to the teacher’s viewpoint, possibly reflecting negatively to access to higher education. Additionally, students who disagree with teachers are often ridiculed, mocked, and treated as outcasts by other students.
To obtain equity and inclusivity for all students the politicization of our students must stop.
Ohio PRIE is working to unify all parent led groups to fight for our kids. To focus on specific issues. There is power in numbers.