What you don’t want to happen is for your student to go home with an assignment asking them to study one narrative and a parent to look over their child’s shoulder and draw the conclusion that this is the only narrative they are studying. That’s a recipe for a concerned email to the school office complaining about teacher bias.
So, an early letter home explaining why you are going to teach two opposing historical narratives and laying out the benefits to the student, may well stop any trouble before it happens.
What’s more, his parent body was made up of Jewish Americans who had chosen to send their sons and daughters for a semester in Israel precisely because they wanted them to feel part of Israel.
His letter is an excellent example of brave leadership combined with a pragmatic and wise regard for the sensibilities of the parent body, and with his permission here it is in full.
Loren Sykes told me afterwards that he had received nothing but positive responses from the parents. Proof of what a good letter home can achieve!