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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1/14/14  2:14 pm
Commenter: Phillip Friedman


Legislation such as the one being proposed, is fundamentally flawed by due to the structe of the system that is trying to pass it.  We have a system that has been in place for decades, that allows for educators and members of communities to meet, discuss works (poems, novels, short-stories, etc.) and the educational values of such works, and then, as a committee, determines whether or not those works merit approval for our schools to use them in a constructive, educational basis for teaching and enriching our students.  Once a work is deemed appropriate and meeting the educational needs of our students by people who are trained professionals in the field of education,these works should be allowed to be taught in our classrooms.

If this process is not good enough, then it should be changed at that level, before those works are put in the schools to begin with.  Teachers do not have the time, nor should they be expected to have to fight a fight that is started by and the responsibility of the Department of Education.  If it meets the seal of approval to be in our buildings, then that should be the final word.

Parents, though meaning the best, usually do not have degrees in education.  They do not have the foundations of understanding some of the basic educational values and principles that many approved works possess for our students. There comes a time when those with qualifications and knowledge need to be heard and have their words heeded over the louder minority of those who are mostly ignorant in their disapproval. 

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