How does the Newton Public Schools lead discussions in classes about controversial topics?

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Our skilled faculty and administrators work to ensure that students learn to separate fact from opinion, to discern between perspectives and not to accept everything they are exposed to in the classroom.  Through thoughtful classroom experiences based on varied source material, inquiry and facilitated discussions, our aim is for students to challenge their own thinking and that of their peers, and to develop opinions through the study and the testing of ideas.  Most importantly, NPS focuses on teaching students how to think, not what to think.