Outschool classes should be objective, secular, and age-appropriate.  We have adopted this policy so that Outschool classes can be relevant to the widest audience, and so parents can participate in any Outschool class knowing they will not be subjected to a teacher's personal religious or political beliefs, or other objectionable content. We limit classes in certain sensitive areas that are detailed further below.

Classes should be secular:

  • Do not promote a specific religion or religious point of view.
  • Present facts, ideas, and theories that are grounded in science and accepted by the preponderance of experts in a field.

Of course, many classes need to address religion - for example, you can't teach history without talking about religion.  It's critical to teach about religion, but to not promote or advocate a particular religious worldview.

Classes should be objective: 

  • Present classes using an unbiased perspective, to the extent possible.  
  • Acknowledge and present multiple viewpoints that exist on many social, political, and historical issues.
  • Do not use classes as a soapbox for personal viewpoints

In the course of class discussion, students may raise questions about a teacher's personal viewpoints.  In most cases you should aim to deflect the question, rather than allowing your personal belief to influence students.

Classes should be age-appropriate:

  • Material that may be disturbing to young children should be highlighted in the class description
  • Material that may be objectionable to parents should be made clear - for example, topics are violent or sexual in nature, or that touch on sensitive political questions

In addition, Outschool classes may not promote discrimination, hate speech, or violence.

Teachers and classes that do not abide by these standards will be removed from Outschool.

Unique content

It’s your responsibility as a teacher to ensure that you have permission to use any text, images, or videos included in your class description or used while teaching the class.   We have a policy for receiving and acting upon copyright complaints.  It’s not OK to use text or images that you don’t have permission to use; teachers in violation of this principle may be removed from the platform.

While some content is protected by copyright, Outschool does not provide any teacher a monopoly on any particular topic.  In fact, we think it’s valuable to have multiple teachers offering the same topic, because each teacher has their own approach and schedule availability. Though no one single topic can be monopolized by a teacher, we do expect that the language of all class descriptions be unique.  We understand that there are many teaching resources available to educators that are similar, but even with similar material and topics being covered, each class should be unique to that teacher.  

If you believe someone is using your proprietary content, please bring your complaint to Outschool.  You will need to demonstrate that the content is uniquely yours and cannot be found elsewhere.

Sensitive topics 

There are classes that are not allowed on the platform, or are subject to higher scrutiny, because of their sensitive or potentially controversial nature.   

Medical services

We do not support classes that provide medical training or medical services.  For example, no classes on CPR or first aid, and no classes that provide therapy, counseling, psychiatric evaluations, or evaluations for special education services.

Experts-only topics

For these topic areas we require the teacher to have a high level of training and experience.

  • Mental health and wellness
  • Physical health, medicine, nutrition, and drugs
  • Sex education 

Pseudoscience and supernatural topics

For topics that may be considered pseudoscience or supernatural in nature, material should be presented from a scientific and secular perspective.  Example topics include ghosts, astrology, fortune-telling, the law of attraction, and so on.  These topics generally have a basis in history, culture, folklore, superstition, or speculation. As such, they should not be presented as fact, but rather explored from a cultural or historical perspective.  Descriptions should make clear that the approach is based on mainstream science, culture, or history, rather than on a supernatural world view.

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