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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12/17/13  11:51 am
Commenter: Douglas McDowell, University of Texas at Austin

Fahrenheit 451 coming true in VA?

I recieved my elementary education in Virginia public schools and sadly I can't say I'm surprized.  I believe that this ammendment is merely another way for the government to control and brainwash it's youth.  They fear a public that thinks for itself and questions their leaders.  It is much easier to control a public that is taught to memorize and obey rather than teaching skeptisim, problem solving and seeking out more than one side of the story.  Many of the great ideas in this world are considered controversial by the government because they teach exactly that.  The greatest teachers I've had were frustrated with the confinements they had to teach within and this new law merely discourages more college students from becomes teachers in VA.  Is this what the government wants?  It sure seams like they would rather eliminate the great teachers from the equation and employ only the teachers they can easily control. Regardless of what the textbooks teach or what lies we must tell in order to recieve A's, our best teachers will find ways to EDUCATE our children. They don't do it for the money or the incintives; they do it because they believe in our youth.  We need to enable our teachers and disable our politicians and maybe then our country will be a place that I'm proud to be a citizen of.

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