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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12/16/13  3:15 pm
Commenter: Shannon Llewellyn, English teacher, Brookville High School, Campbell Co.


As a public school educator AND mother of two elementary-aged girls, it horrifies me to think of what regulation like this will mean, not only for my job, but also for my daughters' future education. Thomas Jefferson created the public school system in order to prepare young people to become good citizens. How can we claim to be doing so, when we let unreasonable fear, narrow-mindedness, and mistrust (of the few) guide our actions? This is a classic case of the squeaky wheels getting the grease, and it HAS to stop!

Students need to be exposed to real life, and legislation like this will limit their opportunities to learn about and discuss real-life issues that affect them, now and in the future. If parents can't trust the judgement of their children's teachers, then they should enroll them in private school or educate them at home.


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