I have to remind myself of my self-calming techniques after reading this post by LB at 3 Ring Binder. LB captures some of the real horror being spoon-fed to the captive elementary school audience. I had heard of The Story of Stuff and I am pleased that she pointed out how awful it is. I also glad to see this rebuttal posted at Mariposario (via Titanic Deck Chairs).
The Story of Stuff is a video produced by an environmental activist being funded by other environmentalist groups (true interpretation is anti-property rights and anti-capitalism groups). As an aside, let's remember that many such groups try to undermine the message of pro-property rights and pro-free trade activists by discussing their financing and somehow she's supposed to get a pass, right? The message is wrong, and the funding is incidental to completely glossing over the truth. This video it being shown to ill-prepared elementary students.
And by ill-prepared, I mean students to young to understand the logical fallacies, the anti-concepts, the distortions, and the omissions. And this, more than any other reason, is why it is inappropriate to show to children. The children in elementary schools are too young to understand the falsehoods. The children in high schools these days, at least the average student, has been disarmed. Such a shoddy education as is generally received in public schools (and even many private schools) have weakened their ability to think critically to such a degree that they will either take it at face value or not have the mental tools need to evaluate it properly.
The author of the rebuttal really hits on almost every issue that is wrong with this presentation. So do not be surprised that he interrupts the narrative especially designed to torment your children frequently. The critique is in four parts. The following embedded video should play all four movies in succession.