The 1993 Muppets book "For Every Child, a Better World" is meant to educate kids about the struggles the less fortunate face, but a school board member in Marshfield, Wisconsin, thinks it's too graphic for young children.
So Mary Carney hoped to ban Kermit and company from the district's kindergarten curriculum.
"Unfortunately, in this world there is a lot of war and strife and poverty," Time quoted Carney as saying. "I understand that. I just don't know how appropriate that is to be teaching that to 5-year-olds."
Marshfield teachers are scheduled to use the book early next year in a segment of their classes teaching young students rules about being good citizens, the Daily Herald reported. The book "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," the news organization said.
Carney also said incorporating the book into curriculum takes away teachers' "autonomy" in the classroom, the Daily Herald reported.
But the eight-member panel voted unanimously on Wednesday to keep the book in class, with educators saying they didn't share Carney's concerns, Beth Greenfield wrote for Yahoo Parenting.
Yahoo Parenting wrote that teacher Donna Smith's support for the book is simple: Child poverty is real, and in the classroom, keeping kids informed on such issues is crucial.
"I think a lot of times we want to protect these young kids from the reality of what's going on in the world around them," Yahoo Parenting quoted Smith as saying. "But the reality is, we have more and more kids who are homeless, and more and more kids who are hungry, and more and more kids who are victims of abuse in their households."