Not all parents are thrilled that this is being shown in classrooms.
The New York Times has called "The Story of Stuff" -- Annie Leonard's 20-minute exposé on the hidden environmental and social costs of current systems of production and consumption -- a "sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation." They say: "The video is a cheerful but brutal assessment of how much Americans waste."
But the video definitely has its detractors ... including Glenn Beck. He states: "Indoctrination? Actually, the progressives are starting much younger these days ... there is a video being played in schools all across America ... that lays out the 'story of stuff' -- a loving, anti-capitalist tale that unfortunately has virtually no facts correct."
Some moms say the video makes kids feel bad about buying anything at all -- and stresses them out and overwhelms them. Other parents say they're glad the video gives children an honest assessment of the trouble our planet is in.
Check out the video for yourself:
Here's what some momlogic moms had to say when they were asked whether this should be shown in classrooms:
I love the part where the government should "watch out for us and take care of us" directly after she shows she is anti-military. Nice. Way to teach kids about what an "awful" place America is. -- birdsfly
I think this is a perfect show to let kids know how important they are in the chain of events of consumerism. This would open their eyes as to just where all their 'stuff' comes from and goes to when they're done with it. Maybe we'll raise a generation of concerned kids rather than another one of pointless shoppers and users. This would be great in an economics or health class. I'm downloading it to show to my kids and students. -- Reenie
I agree with some of what Annie Leonard is saying about over-consuming but don't like how she uses this subject as a forum to convey her democratic message. Much of what she says is unfounded and overdramatized to take a whack at the U.S. and our capitalistic society -- the best society in the world. It is good that corporations dwarf the government because if government was the larger entity, then a majority of people would be on government payroll, working inefficiently and producing nothing real. Who would pay the taxes to support these government workers? The people who actually are working. It is not the government's job to take care of the people. It is the people's job to take care of themselves. The government represents the people in setting and enforcing the laws of our society and provides policing to enforce those laws. They also provide military protection so that we may continue to live as a free society. The government's job is not to take care of the people, that is the people's job. Those who refuse to carry their own weight [and] who are being taken care of by the government are doing so at the expense of the productive people. Every welfare dollar given away is given away at my expense because I am a taxpayer. -- Freebird
Excellent message for kids to see. Making a connection early between "stuff" we are enticed to buy (and the packaging it is in) and real happiness is great. It isn't a new message -- things don't make you happy. -- Debbie Terry
I think the video uses the topic "stuff" to hide an underlying political message against our wonderful country. Politics have no place in the schools of our country. We can't have religion there; certainly politics should not be taught. Especially anti-American ideas that this video promotes under the guise of conservation. -- Anonymous
Reason #2,043,907 to homeschool. -- LoneWolfArcher