April 21, 2010

The Story of Your Stuff

a.k.a. the one where my follower count drops....

If you aren't the parent of an elementary school child or an elementary school teacher, then you probably haven't heard of Annie Leonard's video, "The Story of Stuff."

The Story of Stuff is a teaching tool - distributed throughout public grade schools - designed to bring radical environmental and Marxist ideas into children's classrooms disguised as a discussion on economics and ethics. No, that's not hyperbole.

Today being Earth Day, many schools will be airing this video to their students, and many of the concepts Leonard preaches will be blasted throughout all forms of media today to their parents (and the rest of us, as well).

The problem with Leonard's video isn't only that it attacks Americanism, innovation and industry. The problem is that it does so to young children, using lies and misinformation. Again, that's not hyperbole. Many of Leonard's claims regarding the environment, the government, capitalism and consumerism are easily disproven, and yet are still presented to students as truth.

Below I have embedded the first part of a critique of her video and these falsehoods, such as:
  • Over 50% of US tax dollars go towards the military (which is why we're all rich, right?)
  • Only 4% of American forests "still" exist
  • 99% of products are trashed within 6 months
  • Indigenous peoples in third world countries are better off in native poverty than they are in having foreign investors come and provide job opportunities
  • The government, corporations and media have all been working together for the last 50 years in a conspiracy to train us to hate ourselves and find comfort in materialism, to make themselves rich.
Yes, all those topics and more are explicitly stated in the video.

And are being fed to our schoolchildren. It is absolutely unacceptable that provable falsehoods be taught in the classroom.

There are four parts in total. This is just the first.

I promise, once you watch this video, you will want to watch the following 3 parts as well. And after you've watched, be sure and share this video.

Many people have come to believe that environmental issues are apolitical, but this is not the case. Banning fossil fuels or pushing recycling or opposing dams or mining projects are deeply, deeply political actions. They damage communities, they chase jobs out of the country and they tell people where and when they can work and even if they can keep their jobs. When the likes of James Cameron flies to an impoverished region to stop a dam, he may feel good about himself but this means many people will suffer without clean water or cheap electricity.

Environmentalism is politics at its most basic.

America need to understand this. (source)

If you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough, the people will believe it" ~ Joseph Goebbels


  1. wow. yet another reason we are planning on homeschooling.

  2. I'd follow you twice if I could!

  3. Thanks for this information! I am going to talk with my nieces and see if they have seen this video.

    I agree with Jenn B, I would follow you twice if I could!!

  4. Well I don't have kids and I'm not a teacher but I have heard of this. It makes me sick to think of it being thrust upon children but more than that it makes me angry! Thank you for sharing. I'll have to post it and probably link it back to you.

    ♥ Mrs. S.

  5. I do have a child in elementary school, and I've never heard of this. Are they really showing this in schools? Hmmm. I'll have to ask my sons if he saw any crazy videos in school today. And if so, I'll have to ensure him that his massive Lego collection isn't going to destroy our environment. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This was interesting. Thanks for sharing...We are strongly considering homeschool in our future because of all the things they are pushing in the public schools.

  7. Ummm....so, what exactly are you saying?!?! This is like a foriegn language to me...;) I wouldn't drop you...your much to cute for that!


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