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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12/20/13  11:44 am
Commenter: David Dyer

Yes to this proposal

As a parent I am puzzled by the scare tactics being thrown upon this proposal. The purpose of this action is to standardize in the state a requirement that many local jurisdictions have in place already - notification to parents of sensitive material. As a parent I am responsible for the moral fabric of my children. I will teach them what is right and wrong according to my value system.  What they read, what they go to the movies to see, what they watch on TV or what music they listen to is my concern as a parent. If they are being taught something in school which might be considered sensitive or controversial, as a parent I want to know that. Dialogue can only occur when both parties are aware of the situation. Just asking your child at the end of the day "well how was school today?" is not going to generate dialogue about values. A parent knowing that certain material is being studied can generaet a dialogue. I see nothing here that is going to change how a teacher  chooses material for her class or impacts her course syllabus.

A teacher's job is to teach - not to be a second parent or best friend ! Parental involvement  and its positive effect on student achievment is well documented in numerous studies. A study in 2005 found that children of parents who were highly involved in their children's education had a higher academic achievement - approximately two years of learning. Parent Trigger laws which are geared as a method to tap parental involvement and improve school performance are gaining notice. Seven states have already adopted such laws. Such a law was a subject of debate in the recent Virginia gubernatorial election; time will tell as to its future.

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