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Marilyn Shannon said today that Oregon law requires schools to teach morality. During the show she was unclear on which law mandates that (you can hear what she said here), but after the show she sent us this reference.
ORS 336.067 Topics given special emphasis in instruction
In public schools special emphasis shall be given to instruction in:
(a) Honesty, morality, courtesy, obedience to law, respect for the national flag, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, respect for parents and the home, the dignity and necessity of honest labor and other lessons that tend to promote and develop an upright and desirable citizenry.
The rest of that section of law says schools shall give special emphasis in teaching respect for all humans, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sex or disability; the dignity and worth of individuals and groups; the humane treatment of animals and the effect of tobacco and other drugs on humans.
Court decisions have determined that in cases about teacher dismissal, immoral and illegal conduct must be shown to adversely affect job performance and dismissal must be for constitutionally permissible reasons. What constitutes "moral" and "immoral" continues to change and be up for debate.
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