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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1/12/14  2:25 pm
Commenter: Nicole Mayor

Sexually explicit materials in school

I think it is incumbent upon the school board to regulate material and content that is introduced to our children through their teachers, administrators, and/or any guest speaker invited to address the students.  Sexually explicit and violent material has no place in education.  Teachers who encourage thier students to read about rape, violence, sex, drugs, and anti-social behavior, send the message that they should explore this behavior.  We don't need or want raunchy books as assignments; there are too many good and enlightening books out there that might actually teach students something positive.  If teachers have no boundaries, the school board needs to step in and be the adult.

I have heard of too many incidences where public school teachers assign trashy books for kids to read, or invite guest speakers who use horrible language and discuss their private sex life, all of which promote bad behavior.  This is the reason I haven chosen to homeschool my kids.  But just because my kids aren't exposed to it doesn't mean their public school friends won't be.  I implore you, the School Board, to set higher standards for our kids.  We should be encouraging healthy relationships, moral behavior, and positive academic material, not the opposite.

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