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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 Ends 1/15/2014
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1/13/14  4:35 pm
Commenter: Patty Smith, teacher

Reject this amendment!

As a high school English teacher -- and an educator with twenty-nine years' teaching experience-- I urge you to reject this amendment.  There is certainly ample opportunity to discuss texts with teachers if there are any concerns -- but there isn't a book out there that isn't sensitive in some way!  The Scarlet Letter deals with adultery; Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" contains sexual imagery; Shakespeare has lewd jokes; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn deals with racism head-on and contains use of the "N" word; all of American literature deals with religion in some form or fashion--it is pretty difficult to read anything worth reading without risk of offending someone! School isn't about indoctrination; it's about education. Censorship is never the answer.  Please, please, please -- I urge you to reject this amendment which will only harm education in Virginia. 

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