Graphic Drawings Showing War, Bombings to Be Used in 3rd Grade Curriculum in NYC Schools?
Many parents in New York are up in arms over a plan to teach third graders about war by approving a curriculum that incorporates images from a children's book that are viewed by some as graphic and inappropriate.
Maureen Santora is the author of two children's books about 9/11, and her son, firefighter Christopher Santora, lost his life that day. She voiced her concerns on this morning's Fox and Friends.
"They are scary, and you know, I think there's an age appropriateness to these books ... and third grade is not the age appropriate time. You need to prepare children to know about the horrors of life and war."
Dennis Walcott, NYC schools chancellor, issued a statement on the curriculum, saying: "We want our children to be able to talk and read about complex things that impact on their real lives ... Television, the internet, our children see things now on a regular basis, and as a school system we have a responsibility to make sure that they have an opportunity to discuss these things."
See some of the images that are the subject of parents' outrage, as well as more of Santora's take on why their use is inappropriate: