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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7/27/22  9:39 am
Commenter: Jennifer Nardine, Virginia Tech

STRONGLY OPPOSE educate, don't discriminate or encourage ignorance

Let the trained experts in education do what they do best - educate - which includes choosing appropriate curriculum.  Support ideas, not ignorance.  "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." Book expose people to a variety of ideas, and this should be celebrated, not suppressed. When we start banning ideas, it's a dangerous path - where does it lead? Where does it stop? Thomas Jefferson knew, as many people know today, that democracy needs an informed citizenry to survive. Please stop this. Leave libraries and teachers alone to facilitate the free flow of ideas.

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