I said very clearly in the piece that I think parents should have some influence over what their kids learn. Did you not read the whole piece?
But I opposed the school board BANNING teachers from teaching Maus. The question of whether a teacher should teach should be up to the teacher, and his/her assessment of their class. They shouldn't be outright prevented from teaching it.
If the teacher chooses to teach it, it's up to the teachers AND parents to discuss with their kids the "rough language" and nudity (cartoon nudity, mind you) if they really think that's too much for these fragile minds. Of course, I hope they're also talking to them about everything they say on cable tv.
As for the horror of the Holocaust itself, are you really suggesting 8th graders should be shielded from that? Come on.