Teaching About Religion
in support of civic pluralism
Controversial Issues: Concerns for Policy Makers
By Kay K. Cook
Source: Cook, Kay K. (1984). Controversial Issues: Concerns for
Policy Makers. ERIC Digest No. 14. ERIC Digests [ED253465]
Information about the teaching of controversial topics in the public schools is
of growing importance to educational policymakers because of increased
public concern. While most educators agree that openly examining
controversial issues "can promote positive, democratic political attitudes"
(VanSickle 1983), some people suggest that controversy has no place in
This is the first paragraph of the paper.
There is division on the question of
addressing controversial issues.