by James C. Sherlock
The 2020 General Assembly required the Virginia Department of Education to develop and publish standards for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that start in Kindergarten and go through 12th grade.
VDOE has done so, disregarding entirely hundreds of comments on Virginia Town Hall on the draft of those standards that had a 10-to-one negative-to-positive ratio.
Town Hall in theory allows citizens to influence regulations. VDOE changed not one word from the draft.
Good news: Virginia school divisions are not required to adopt the standards — yet. Bad news: Some will. Continue reading