Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
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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  10:56 am
Commenter: KMC

Strongly support this bill!!!

My children are homeschooled for several reasons but one of the chief reasons is that I don't trust the public schools to safely educate my children. I believe the schools systems of today want to push an agenda that is terrible for the future of our nation and the world. Yes, LGBTQ people are not sexually explicit in their existence as people. Heterosexual people aren't either. Yet we all practice varying degrees of modesty in public. The fact that there are public decency laws demonstrates that we believe openness about private sexual matters should have some boundaries to it.  Some desire for those boundaries to be as loose as possible. I'll give you 1 guess on which side of the aisle takes "pride" in exposing themselves publicly as much as they can possibly get away with. That's their choice and I can't stop them from feeling how they feel or wanting to express themselves or to love in a way that I believe to be wrong, unhealthy, and yes-sinful. 

However for all the parents who don't have the luxury of pulling their kids out and fully exercising their right to teach their kids according to their worldview- I want to fight for the parents who are mandated that their kids must be in public school. They should be able to send their kids and know that they are being taught the basic truths of life that all people need. Gender Identity, sexuality, and other content that is designed to set a student's mind in a direction that encourages sexual activity of any kind has no place in our schools.

People act like nobody in the world had an idea about how to have sex until sex education  (or even public education) came along. As if third world countries with no education of this type are unable to manage to have babies and grow their families. 

We don't want STDs and unplanned pregnancies. Basic sex ed can teach how to avoid that. We don't want suicide, depression, and anxiety. Yet millions of kids/teens struggle with this every year and it's NOT gonna be fixed by teaching them about queerness and queer sex in the schools. Often these struggles are rooted in so much more than just a struggle over identity. Parental involvement is VITAL. Sometimes professional counseling is needed. Educational content about how normal and great it is to be queer in some way isn't the fix and it's also a false answer to the deeper questions kids are often wrestling with. 

These are deeply intimate topics and these are topics that for many are deeply rooted in their worldview and belief systems on both sides of this debate. That's why this should be largely a family affair. No child should be required to learn something that's in direct opposition to what their parents want them to be taught. Parent's deserve to have the ability to direct their child's learning on topics that stray beyond the building blocks of learning that EVERYONE needs. 

LGBTQ affirming parents can see to it that their children receive that information and would likely not want their kids to have ideologies that they ardently oppose forced on their kids. 

I am a follower of Jesus and I hold to a biblical view of sex, gender, and all aspects of one's identity. I believe the world would be better if everyone followed the example of Jesus and lived according to the teachings of the Bible. I wish that is what public schools were teaching, however, I'm not asking for that or advocating for that. I'm asking that on topics like sexuality where one's worldview is a big part of how you would approach it- that this honor and responsibility be left to the parents. 

This means parents should be notified of the content of a school's curriculum and, in the case of some curriculum choices, those materials should be kept out of the schools and reserved for parents to educate their kids on at their discretion. 

Please stand up for parents!!

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