Results for - Muppets Too Edgy?

1,624 voters participated in this survey

1. Have you ever seen or heard of the Jim Henson book, "For Every Child a Better World"?

Yes
7%
111 votes
No
80%
1,296 votes
Undecided
4%
61 votes
Not Applicable
10%
156 votes

2. As per the Amazon description, the story - "teaches young readers about the plight of young children who lack the basic human necessities and the efforts of the United Nations to provide such essentials as housing, water, food, and medical aid." This book is intended to be used as part of social studies curriculum in elementary schools in Marshfield, WI next year. The objective is to teach the kids about being better citizens. But one school board member objects to the use of this book. Mary Carney feels the book is too graphic for young children. One picture depicts a child sleeping in a box in the rain. She feels such a frank look at the lives of less advantaged children might be too traumatizing for their students, despite the fact that the book is narrated by Kermit the Frog. Do you agree?

Yes
14%
225 votes
No
35%
570 votes
Undecided
30%
488 votes
Not Applicable
21%
341 votes

3. Amber Leifheit, the vice president of the school board and head of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, says that no other members have complained. She says she has reviewed the book and thinks it is perfectly appropriate and teaches youngsters to have compassion for others besides themselves. Overall, do you think it's better to shield children from the harsh realities of the world, or expose them to these things?

I think we should shield them from as much as we can, for as long as we can.
7%
115 votes
I think we should always be open and honest with children about what is going on in the world.
23%
375 votes
I think we should mostly expose them to the world, but do so in an age appropriate way.
28%
459 votes
I think it really just depends on the child.
8%
128 votes
I'm not sure.
10%
169 votes
n/a
23%
374 votes
Other (please specify)
0%
4 votes

4. Would you object to your child reading a book like this as part of their school curriculum?

Yes
9%
154 votes
No
40%
651 votes
Undecided
19%
315 votes
Not Applicable
31%
504 votes
12/23/2015 TV 1624 29 By: MamaV1776

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