A school board member is Marshfield, Wisconsin, is trying to get a Muppets book removed from the kindergarten curriculum. She fears that the book is too graphic for five year olds.
The book in question, “For Every Child a Better World” by Jim Henson, contains “graphic images” of children living in poverty and violence. Citing online reviews as evidence, school board member Mary Carney said that some people were traumatized by the book.
“I just have concerns that it’s too graphic, even though these are Muppets characters,” Carney said. “Unfortunately in this world there is a lot of war and strife and poverty; I understand that. I just don’t know how appropriate that is to be teaching that to 5-year-olds.”
Yeah, we need to be careful. We can’t let five-year olds know that the world sucks, or that life isn’t fair. We have to let them live with the happy delusion that everything is okay and that people actually care about them!
I mean, what would happen if we let kindergarteners know about poverty and violence? They might learn early on to care? *shudders* That’s a terrifying thought!