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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1/15/14  4:47 pm
Commenter: Barbara Hughes, Loudoun County Public School System

Re: Controversial and Sensitive Material

 The effect of limiting access to materials would be ultimately damaging to efforts to train up a thinking populace as well. Without exposure to so-called controversial or sensitive materials and lively dialog, how will our youth learn how to interpret or think through issues and come to a judgment? 

This action also seems to diminish the rights of parents. As a parent, I reviewed what my child read--and then used the issues to guide my child's thinking about our family beliefs and expectations as she dealt with the difficult themes presented in her reading--does government now think parents are not able (or willing) to do the same?

Please vote no! 

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