Chinese proverb perfectly explains my belief:
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”
I also believe that students need to grow as a whole person in order to find success. It’s difficult to focus on a reading assignment if they’re stressed over a social situation they don’t’ know how to deal with. Morality and other ‘sensitive’ issues are important to address. Sticking your head in the sand doesn’t help students work through such issues, only damages the teacher-student relationship by telling the student that you don’t care enough about them to help them with their personal issues.
However, when teaching these sensitive issues, teachers need to be aware of their bias, and strive to remain impartial. They need to present all sides of the issue without placing ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ on the content to allow students the right to form their own opinions.