Duolingo Schools - Disabling Specific Stories?
I am wondering if it might be possible for teachers to have the capability to disable certain stories for those students linked to their classroom platform. I hate to really even ask this, but as a Catholic school teacher, I have noticed that some of the stories are beginning to have more diversity-inclusive characters (i.e. The Honeymoon). From a personal point of view I LOVE this and think that it's important for everyone to be represented in stories; however, from a Catholic school point of view (especially with younger students), same-sex marriage does not align with church teaching, so some parents may see this as presenting messages that go against that teaching. It's very likely that because of this, a disgruntled parent will soon require us to stop using Duolingo all together which would be extremely unfortunate to me. If there was a simple way for teachers to disable specific stories (just like we can disable adult vocabulary and the flirting unit and discussion forums, etc.), it would be a tremendous help for us to fight for the right to preserve our students' access to Duolingo. Again, I personally think it's important for students to encounter characters of all types in the stories they hear, so that they can realize that first and foremost we love one another no matter what; however, I understand that parents paying to send their children to our institution wish to be the primary teacher on this and rely on us (and our resources) to support church teaching.
Additionally, I would hate to disable STORIES completely because as a language educator and learner myself, I know the amazing POWER that stories have for helping learners to truly acquire language. To me, the Duolingo STORIES component is what sets it apart from all other online programs: hearing native voices, hovering capability, self-paced/differentiation aspect, comprehension questions throughout for accountability, etc. Please, PLEASE, help us not completely lose access to Duolingo and the Duolingo Stories.