What Can't I Teach?

We want to make sure your course is as successful as possible, so we have outlined some ideas of what may be inappropriate topics for your courses or for what to say to your students. There are certainly other topics that may not be ideal in a classroom setting that we haven’t addressed here, and we ask you to keep your audience in mind when designing your class. Our students are typically as young as age 12-13 if you allow 7th graders in your class, or 14-15 if you allow 9th grade and above.


Professionalism

Kids can definitely be inquisitive about college life, and when given the opportunity, they will often ask questions about your college experiences. Generally, these questions are fine to answer, but we don’t want to overshare about our own college experiences with drinking or other (possibly illegal) behavior. It’s definitely okay to be honest about things you do or don’t like about college, our basic rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t say it at a middle/high school, please don’t say it here.

Also, importantly, please do not give your phone number or other personal contact information out to students.

Personal Religious/Political Beliefs

While it might be fine to teach a course exploring the origins of Buddhism or the history of the Republican party, we do want to avoid courses that are overtly attempting to convince students of a certain point of view. Courses at Splash are intended to educate, and as such, we think it’s important to focus on broadening the students’ perspectives instead of focusing on a single point of view of “right” or “wrong”. If you have any questions about your particular course in light of this policy, please let us know and we will be happy to help.

Potentially Dangerous Activities

While it might be really cool to melt things with hyper-concentrated hydrochloric acid, we do not have the proper safety equipment to handle dangerous chemicals or similar reactive experiments. Additionally, students should not be encouraged to climb on things, throw things at one another (with the exception of sports classes), or do anything else that might put them at risk of harm. With that said, we have allowed things like karate, flag football, and some science experiments in the past. The most important thing to keep in mind is if you need any special safety equipment, you will probably not be able to teach the class. However, if you want to teach a class and you’re not sure about whether it complies with this policy, we would love to hear from you!

Discrimination & Other Sensitive Topics

Some issues may be particularly sensitive for students. Please this in mind when developing your class topic and things you may discuss in your class, especially issues of discrimination based on race, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other similar topics. Exploring the history of these topics can be fascinating for students, but it can also be tough to broach appropriately. Please also keep in mind that some discussions, like organ trafficking or crimes against humanity, may be challenging topics to broach with teenagers, and it may be best to avoid anything that could be overly upsetting or disturbing for this age group. As usual, if you have something in mind, but you’re not sure whether it falls into this category, please email us.

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Last modified by mhollyer on Oct. 05, 2018 at 01:02 a.m.