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  12:52 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth Morris, English Department Chair JRHS, CCPS

Please Reject the Amendment

The Virginia Reading and Writing EOC SOLs require students to read and analyze non-fiction and persuasive texts.  Many examples of these of these tackle controversial topics.  However, it is critically important that we teach students how to effectively write and respond to and about topics that trigger emotional responses.  It is an important 21st century skill and one that can help them as leaders, employees and citizens. 

Furthermore, as an instructor, it is nearly impossible for me to guage what every parent or student could find objectionable.  However, instructors provide  list of texts for teachers and students every year.  I believe parents are responsible for investigating texts they may deem objectionable and to speak with their student and instructor regarding their concerns. 

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