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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12/18/13  3:44 pm
Commenter: Jason Abril, Moody Middle School

Against the Amendment

The amendment sets a dangerous precedence that erodes trust in our teachers.  This is would deter potential educators entering the field.  Forcing teachers to provide an explanation or rationale for every text due to potential sensitivity waters down what could be thought-provoking, lively analysis and class room discussion.  As a result,  instead of creating discerning, critical thinkers in our students, we would, with this amendment, be creating students who don't investigate, analyze, endorse, or criticize what they read.  

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