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  12:23 pm
Commenter: Alice Chestnutt

Who we help versus who we hurt

Every year I teach my 8th grade students about the Holocaust.  We read two carefully selected, age appropriate, survivor testimonies.  My students know that my classroom is a safe place to cry and ask questions.  For many of them it is their first look at this tragedy.  Every year I have students who go home and do research on their own in order to find out more.  I have students who come back the following year to tell me they went to the Holocaust Muesum in Richmond.  It is every teacher's dream to spark that interest in learning.  Last year I had one of the most humbling moments of my life when a student's grandfather, whose mother had died in a camp, thanked me for teaching the subject.  We never know who we will teach in our classrooms.  We may never know how what we teach impacts our students, but to take away our ability to make an impact is to deprive our students of the most important part of their educational experience.

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