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  3:47 pm
Commenter: Lauren Byrd, George H. Moody Middle School

Please vote no!

As a veteran English teacher, I am strongly opposed to this ammendment as it opens the door to increasing restrictions and censorship of quality material in the classroom. In the end, ALL materials can be found controversial or questionable by someone...and this type of reaction to that only fosters the idea that one voice can overcome the many professional voices that are qualified to make decisions regarding curriculum.

Our society has advanced in part due to our ability to think critically, question the norm, and tackle difficult issues. Avoiding topics or works because a select few might be offended will work to "deaden" these abilities and will limit the teacher's ability to make decisions he/she has been trained to make. In a field where burnout and low morale is on the rise, ammendments such as this will perpetrate the message that teachers are not qualified, cannot be trusted, and should be treated with a watchdog mentality.

Please vote NO on this amendment!


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