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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1/14/14  1:29 pm
Commenter: Thaddeus Ladia


I believe that this Regulatory Action toward Virginia public schools would have a negative impact on not only the students, but the teachers and their parents. While it is true that some material that is presented in classrooms can be perceived as inappropriate by some people, it also true that majority of these materials are essential to teaching students. Specific examples, such as the Holocaust and racism in the United States, are very important to a student's education. The material that is shown in class should have a strong and major impact upon the student, because that is what will help them learn, especially in accordance to the Holocaust and racism.The impacts that are created by these two examples are so strong that a student will know the difference between right and wrong. They will know the truth about the Holocaust, and will have it set in their minds that it should never happen again. They will know the truth about racism, and will know that it should be avoided. These "inappropriate" materials are the ones that give students knowledge, which will eventually lead to benefit the rest of society because they will know the differences between right and wrong.

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