It is the desire of the School Committee that the best available strategies for bringing about learning be utilized in the District's schools. The instructional staff shall be expected to keep abreast of new and promising instructional ideas and practices developed in schools throughout the nation and to apply those which have potential for improving the learning program in the District's schools.
An educational climate shall be established which shall be conducive to rational thought, inquiry, and respect for the dignity of the individual. To promote the dignity of all individuals, staff shall be culturally aware, sensitive to different viewpoints and backgrounds, and shall guard against bias. This educational climate will assist students in learning how to think rather than what to think and shall provide students the opportunity to identify, express, and defend their opinions without penalty or fear of reprisal or ridicule.
Nothing in this policy shall limit a parent/guardian's right to file a complaint to challenge the use of teaching activity or presentation.

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015