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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12/18/13  9:14 am
Commenter: Jonathan Kidd

This is a step backward and it seems overwhelmingly agreed on here!

As a middle school Language Arts teacher, I chose my location of my teaching position carefully.  My first job was in a county that routinely banned the teaching of any book that may offend in any way.  However, I found my lessons ineffective and uninspired there.  I chose to come to Wythe County after this, because in my interview it was explained that they do not believe in banning reading material.  They have supported me in choosing material that provokes emotion from the reader (This is not always positive emotion, but neither is life.)  I feel that for a state government to dictate what is best for children they have never met is not only insulting to the educator and student, but also a dangerously unsound practice.

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