ERIC Number: ED403502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Leading the Way on Controversial Issues.
This information packet was formulated to help school administrators and other educators in Maine both understand and manage controversies associated with sexuality and HIV/AIDS education. Common tactics used by opponents to these programs are outlined along with effective strategies to manage controversies. First discussed are ways to develop and maintain community support. How to establish and utilize advisory committees and the roles such committees can play during periods of controversy are described. Also provided are ideas on how to involve parents, students, school personnel and opinion leaders, as well as the school board, in HIV/AIDS education. Common opposition tactics such as the public airing of false claims about sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, advocacy for abstinence-based curriculums, requests for copies of curriculums and lesson plans, legal actions, contact of school board members, and the use of the media are summarized. Suggestions are made for working with the media and school board during controversies, emphasizing the importance of keeping staff members and the public informed during these periods. Contains 17 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Leadership Responsibility, School Administration, School Responsibility, School Role
Maine Dept. of Education, State House Station #23, Augusta ME 04333 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.