Why and how does the Newton Public Schools teach about the Middle East?

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The history of the Middle East and the relationship between the region’s peoples and nations is a long and complicated one. Based on our mission, the Newton Public Schools believes that our students should develop an understanding of this region’s history and people with an appreciation for the range of complex perspectives.  We believe that we should not avoid controversy, but rather work diligently to teach events and share various points of view with objectivity, respect, and intellectual rigor. At the high school level, this topic is typically covered in 10th grade modern world history courses. Students may pursue additional coursework in a senior elective entitled "Middle East, Asia, and Latin America."