SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - Springboro parents spoke up about a new plan to teach controversial topics in the classroom.
Topics like creationism, abortion and gun rights.
The board president says the purpose of the plan is to get students to think critically about controversial topics, but not everyone who came to Tuesday night's meeting is behind it.
One resident said, "This policy stifles critical thinking."
One by one, community members stepped to the mic to voice their opinions about creationism in particular.
"It's not fair that you would teach or have a teacher give their opinion on creationism because it's such a subjective thing. You can't give an objective viewpoint on any of them and, ultimately, I don't feel like any of the people here are prepared or educated enough to give that," said Jacob Crosen.
Board President Kelly Kohls says the purpose is to hear the public's thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of this policy.
"What we're looking for in the policy is to create an environment where we can identify and discuss and debate openly, honestly, sides of controversial issues and the strengths and weaknesses of scientific issues or debates," said Kelly Kohls, School Board President.
The board decided not to pursue this policy when it was previously introduced in 2011.
The American Civil Liberties Union has even sent the district a letter warning that this violates First Amendment rights.
Some people are calling this a distraction tactic from the real issue. which they believe is teacher negotiations.
Just last month, Springboro Education Association members voted to give the approval for a 10-day strike notice if a compromise can't be reached.
The two sides will go back to the table on Friday.
Board Vice President Jim Rigano says this policy has nothing to do with that.
"Our negotiating team is working to find an agreement that is fair to the employees and fair to the taxpayers," said Jim Rigano, School Board Vice President.
The board president says they will continue to discuss this policy as long as it's needed, so, there is no clear date when the board will actually vote on this proposal.
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