Mashfield, Wisconsin School Board Member Wants Muppets Book Banned From Kindergarten Curriculum
UPDATE December 10: “Panel: Muppets Book Should Stay In Curriculum” (via Marshfield News Herald)
On Wednesday, an eight-member panel voted unanimously to recommend that the Marshfield School District continue using the book “For Every Child a Better World” by Jim Henson in kindergarten social studies curriculum.
From the Marshfield News Herald:
A school board member who fears a children’s book about the Muppets is too graphic for young children will try to get the book removed from kindergarten curriculum at a Wednesday meeting between Marshfield school officials and community members.
Marshfield School Board member Mary Carney in July objected to the district’s use of the book For Every Child a Better World by Jim Henson in kindergarten classes, The book, she contends, contains images of suffering children living in poverty and violence, including one illustration that shows a child living in a box in the rain. Some people have said they were traumatized after reading the book, according to Carney, who cited online reviews as evidence.
…Carney wants it removed from the district’s kindergarten social studies curriculum, which teachers are scheduled to use in early 2016.
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