In Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Superintendent Mark Taylor has removed 37 books from his district's public school libraries. They remain available in the public libraries, so they have not been "banned," as some claim.
"We are following the directives of Governor Glenn Youngkin (R), and we are working hard to maximize parental engagement, parental involvement," Taylor recently told "Washington Watch."
In the schools, he said he wants to create a "safe space" for kids to get their basic education, and sexually explicit material, which he says is "essentially pornography," does not need to be a part of that.
"Some of it is shocking -- scenes of violent rape or descriptions of forced bestiality, sex with animals," Taylor detailed.
Citing Virginia Code Section 22.1 – 208, which reads, "The entire scheme of instruction in the public schools shall emphasize moral education through lessons given by teachers and imparted by appropriate reading selections," he pointed out in a recent message to parents that "respectfully, there is no moral sense or concern for right or wrong in the … sexually explicit content in the books that have been removed."
As parents have become more concerned about and involved in their kids' education in recent years, Taylor said many educators have grown hostile, because the notion that they are best positioned to help the students forward has been encultured over time.
In other words, they do not want to be challenged about what they think is appropriate.
Also noting that elections have consequences, Taylor advised parents and guardians of school-aged children to be praying over the upcoming Election Day as they prepare to vote.