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Alternative Assignments

So much is being written these days about academic freedom. Here are two pieces from another angle on this subject: students requesting to opt out of assignments. An article on Inside Higher Ed describes complaints in Arizona for a reading assignment of a novel considered offensive. It bothered a legislator enough to propose a bill that:

would require public colleges to provide students with “alternative coursework” if a student finds the assigned material “personally offensive,” which is defined as something that “conflicts with the student’s beliefs or practices in sex, morality or religion.”

Dean Dad relates his own experience with this opt out trend. High school students taking courses at community colleges sometimes encounter course material for which they are too young. The question is whether to make an “exception” every time this happens? or simply ask that the student does not enroll in course that could contain adult material?

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