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  11:54 am
Commenter: J. Eisner, teacher

Backhanded Censorship

"Censorship ends in logical comepleteness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads."  -George Bernard Shaw

The proposed changes to the existing legislation that governs the use of text in classrooms is attempting to  place the role of the parent on the classroom teacher once again!  Educational professionals choose reading material for students that emphasizes the theme of their lessons, relates their teaching to real world situations, or highlights exemplary journalism.  They do not choose material that is inflammatory in nature.  It is the parents responsibility to be aware of what their children are reading and to review the material.  Teachers cannot be responsible for what every individual parent may deem 'sensitive.'

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