I feel like we're affected more than anyone else (except maybe history teachers) by the censorship and critical theory debate. Dealing with books coming on and off the banned list and angry parent emails over curriculum I don't have control over was especially frustrating this year. What are your tips for avoiding the conflict and teaching the facts without getting dragged into a political debate?

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This year I threw my hands up and starting routing all those emails to admin. It isn't a part of my job description to calm down irate parents who need to blow off steam. I teach the same things I've always taught (respect, kindness, reading lol) and if parents want to take it up with someone they can call the school district. Let it roll off your back!

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We are offering more student choice with reading. Students have a selection of texts of the same genre from which to choose. There are warning labels on those containing controversial material or trigger events. They requested their choices through a Google Form, so I have a record if any parents ask…so far, so good.

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