I'm thinking out loud here, so bear with me: When children learn about something or someone for a class or for fun, do you notice that there's often a 'cleaned up' version of what really happened? One example that comes to mind is James Joyce. When children read about him, they learn that as he got older, he gradually started losing his eyesight. What REALLY happened was, he often spent time with prostitutes. The result was that he caught siphilis which caused him to go blind.