Let's say that a high school decided to include modern politics in their curriculum. Would you prefer it if they only provided an unbiased outline of the issues or if they presented arguments from both sides?
Providing arguments for all sides IS unbiased.
Both sides would be optimal but I doubt most teachers would be capable of fairly portraying both sides
Unbiased, as there are more than two perspectives on every issue.
"both sides" has a worrying implication of there only being 2 options, which is often not the case. I choose unbiased.
In Ireland when I went to Secondary School (High School) we had debates in history, economics and government class. If that counts.
It's my perspective whenever the education system attempts to be "unbiased" it almost always leans to the left. I'd rather they present both sides equally strong so as to show a more accurate representation of the discussion.
There's more than TWO SIDES so it would have to be unbiased
Anything beyond simply listing the issues will probably have some bias. Maybe students could be presented with a couple of articles from each "side" that make their point in different ways.
I have my doubts that it's actually illegal, but there's a good chance it's against school code. But I honestly don't know.
But then, who gets to decide which material to present? How does it get chosen?
My teachers talked about their political views during school. If I am not mistaken, it is illegal to share you political beliefs to students.
Okay, you make a good point, there are more variables than I had intended for this poll. For the sake of the poll, let's say that a lack of bias could somehow be ensured.
Both sides, or preferably all sides. That's how solid historians separate fact from bias, a very useful skill for anyone to learn...especially in a society as polarized as ours.
A valid concern--every instructor will have some sort of bias, whether it's liberal or conservative. Maybe best solution would be to turn the class into more of a discussion format so each student can express their views and have them challenged by their peers. Sure, the teacher will still teach the class, but this way all perspectives are presented by people who actually believe in the reasoning.
Not illegal, and no school code I know of forbids it.
We call that first one a neutrality bias. The second one is truly unbiased, as long as it includes all viewpoints (or most), not just liberal vs conservative.
It would be very difficult to teach that class nonpartisanly, but I bet I could do it