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  3:45 pm
Commenter: Kaitlin Dunnevant, Moody Middle School

Great Teaching and Individualized Attention Will Suffer If This Passes

As an English teacher, my passion and job is to design engaging lessons and to work hard to differentiate instruction for all students (and I have 130 of them) so that each can reach his/her potential.  However, I'm constantly pulled away from that priority by countless other bureaucratic tasks that demand time and attention.  I simply cannot do everything; I already work 12 hour days and then take grading home.  Thus, when I'm forced to devote hours to jumping through hoops and navigating red tape, my lessons and my attention to children invariably suffer.  This amendment and the hours of work it entails for me (since I ask my students to read countless texts in my classroom) will pull me away from the craft of teaching and away from individual student needs.  Is that really what the families of Virginia want?

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