Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions [8 VAC 20 ‑ 720]
Action Amendments Regarding Use of Controversial or Sensitive Instructional Materials
Comment Period Ended on 1/15/2014
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12/17/13  11:03 am
Commenter: Anita Clayton, University of Virginia

Censorship and restrictive measures don't help our children

This is a clumsy attempt at censorship.  Where does it end? Instead, what is needed is open communication, between children and parents, between students and teachers, between individuals and the world.  Young people don't learn to be open to new ideas, to think through issues, or to become good citizens if we allow a few individuals to control information. Students are exposed to massive amounts of unfiltered information (much of it objectionable) via the media, the web, and out of the mouths of their friends. Please trust educators with the content of books.  Don't codify unreasonable censorship.

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