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Wisconsin School Wants To Ban Muppet Book

School board member Mary Carney wants to remove a Muppet book from schools because it "downplays American exceptionalism.'

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So this is happening...

Mary Carney, a school board member from Wisconsin, fears that a children's book featuring the Muppets is "too graphic" for young children will is trying to get the book removed from kindergarten classrooms.

The book is "For Every Child A Better World"

The book in question is "For Every Child, A Better World," a children's book written in-character by Kermit the Frog. The book was originally published in 1993 in cooperation with the United Nations.
Via marshfieldnewsherald.com

The book in question is "For Every Child, A Better World," a children's book written in-character by Kermit the Frog. The book was originally published in 1993 in cooperation with the United Nations.

The book teaches global understanding and compassion

Brian Henson describes the purpose of the book in an introductory note stating that the book follows his father's dream to "make the world a better place for children everywhere" and was written to help kids grow up to be "understanding and compassionate adults."

Brian Henson describes the purpose of the book in an introductory note stating that the book follows his father's dream to "make the world a better place for children everywhere" and was written to help kids grow up to be "understanding and compassionate adults."

A number of global awareness themes are covered in the book, each in a two-page spread. An idea for what every child needs is introduced on one page which is followed by a depiction of those needs as perceived in less fortunate conditions. The format repeats throughout the book followed by a two-page spread of people around the world working together to make the quality of life better for everyone. The last two pages contain thumbnails of each situation presented in the book accompanied by an organization working to improve conditions in areas of the world where those problems exist.
Via muppet.wikia.com

A number of global awareness themes are covered in the book, each in a two-page spread. An idea for what every child needs is introduced on one page which is followed by a depiction of those needs as perceived in less fortunate conditions. The format repeats throughout the book followed by a two-page spread of people around the world working together to make the quality of life better for everyone. The last two pages contain thumbnails of each situation presented in the book accompanied by an organization working to improve conditions in areas of the world where those problems exist.

However...

Marshfield School Board member Mary Carney objects to the district's use of the book because she feels teaching children about these issues is inappropriate. In her objection, Carney says the book "downplays American exceptionalism" by focusing too much on global affairs. 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." Carney wants it removed from the district's kindergarten social studies curriculum!

Let Mary Carney know that the book's message of compassion, global understanding, and kindness is an important and essential lesson for today's children!

You can contact Carney via her public Facebook page or on the phone at 715-207-6709.

The school board will have the final say; it could remove the book from the kindergarten curriculum, keep the book. You can contact the school board via the district website or Facebook page to voice your concern.

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