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Fact or Fiction?

Everybody loves fairy tales. They allow us to forget our stress and everyday problems. Kids are no different, because they’re people too.

For hundreds of years spiritual truths have been handed down from generation to generation disguised as fairy tales. The written word wasn’t part of our civilization yet so legends, morals and skills were taught through the passing of the word. These stories tell young children that life is full of challenges that can be overcome. Kids learn about truths, virtues and integrity through the animals who speak in Aesop’s Fables.

Children don’t ask themselves: "Do I want to be a good person or a bad person?" Instead they learn from role models and fairy tales. They learn that goodness is its own reward and evil will be punished.

Some people object to the violence in fairy tales and insist they be taken out of schools. This "violence" is simply teaching that there is both good and bad in the world and there will always be an inner struggle between the two. They learn that if they’re honest, sincere and help others that good always triumphs.

To remove these wonderful teaching tools would eliminate a rich source of moral literature that encourages children to live lives of truth, beauty and goodness.