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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1/5/14  11:05 am
Commenter: Lou Di Leonardo

Pornography taught to Virginia's students

Some depraved parents may want soft core pornography such as in "Beloved" and "The Bluest Eye" (by Toni Morrison) taught to their children to make them sexually precocious but they are a tiny, sick minority.  School is to learn life's skills to prepare for adulthood and there are much better ways to teach reading/English than by assigning the two books above.  If the Board of Education would like some help, I am available. 

It is nothing short of outrageous to force sexuality on teens in public schools; there are enough pressures from Hollywood and TV commercials, etc. already.  Parents should be notified IN ADVANCE of sensitive (i.e. sexually explicit) materials that a school or teacher plans on introducing to students.  Books containing this sort of material should be clearly identified along with examples from the books that parents can use to judge whether a book should be avoided.  Alternative books having no "sensitive material" must be made available and parents must be provided with opt-out options for their children when they want their children to avoid discussions of "sensitive", i.e. of a sexual nature, topics.  School administrations should not punish opt-out children by assigning punitive assignments with the hope the children will get angry with their parents for opting them out and, therefore, causing them to do extra boring work for no good reason. 

Biological sex education is one thing, teaching children to be sexual is another and public schools have no right to commandeer parents' responsibility for raising their children. 

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