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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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8/1/22  11:04 am
Commenter: Elementary Educator


Students need a safe place at school to learn and grow. At school, they are taught how to be kind to and respectful of others. However, it is not the job of an elementary school teacher to introduce gender ideology to children or expose them to material that might be too mature for them at the time. I usually hear a counter argument that parents can opt their children out of certain reading materials if they choose. This however, is not always known by parents and does not apply to every content area and situation. At the middle school and high school level, having a child opt out of class reading creates more work and stress for the teacher, and sometimes leaves them reluctant to provide an alternative. Many students feel embarrassed or ostracized for asking for a different book because the original reading material triggers them or is too mature for them.

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