Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/13/22  8:13 pm
Commenter: Sandra Cuddy

Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content

As a parent, grandparent, and teacher, I support Senate Bill 656 to protect our children.  We don’t expect newborns to walk, or kindergartners to be able to do calculus.  Why are we wanting to force them to be faced with information they are not mature enough to understand, embrace, or act on.  Why can’t we allow them to simply enjoy their innocence until the time comes for them to be ready for explanations that reflect the values of their parents, their religious upbringing, and their culture.  Schools should teach how to think, using math, science, history, reading, and English skills, not what to think.  Children need to be developmentally ready to understand the subject matter presented to them; that is why we have grades and age-appropriate curricula.  I support the protection of parental rights; children do not belong to the state.  Parents have the right to know what their children are being exposed to in school, so they can support a valid education that prepares them for a bright future.  Sexually explicit content belongs to parents.

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