What are the concerns of Newton educators about teaching controversial topics?

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Over the past several years, Newton Public Schools teachers have been singled out unfairly and harassed by the outside groups that have been critical. As a result of the increasingly personal nature of the attacks, our faculty is expressing growing concern about teaching controversial topics given the harsh and unfair criticism they have received. Should these attacks continue to escalate, we believe it will jeopardize our ability to expose students to diverse opinions and to teach them about controversial issues that require open minds and critical thought. Given the current political environment, it is more important than ever to explore controversial topics in a manner that encourages thoughtful and open dialogue.