Why is there such controversy over the NPS’ teaching of topics in the Middle East?

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Over the last several years, a very small but vocal group of Newton residents and non-residents have leveled accusations against our school system, including charges that we use material that is anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American. In some cases, documents being used to share different points of view on issues have been mischaracterized as the official perspective of the Newton Public Schools, while in other cases criticisms have been attempts to sensationalize and polarize the larger community around controversial issues.  Time and again, claims of bias have proven baseless, only serving to denigrate the hard work and professionalism of both our skilled faculty and dedicated students.