Over the last few years our school children have been taught a new subject. Let’s call it Capitalism Bad; Socialism Good. You may not be aware but this socialist almost marxist propaganda has left college campuses and is now finding its way to our middle schools. The theory and goal behind this video, produced by the “Tides Foundation”—a socialist redistribution driven organization, is to indoctrinate young children during their impressionable years, before they have learned to rationally think and question.
Of course, parents are kept in the dark, by the “all knowing” educators, who have embraced this ideology. The lead instructional lesson is called The Story of Stuff. This is a twenty minute video complete with a classroom quiz and related teaching and study material. The Story of Stuff provides questionable information that is contrary to what is the economic model that has made this country great, capitalism. This video is filled with false statements and half-truths. The clear intent is to mislead impressionable minds; to convince these minds that the ideology presented is common fact. This video is clearly propaganda indoctrination. Here is what that bastion of conservative think, The New York Times, has to say about this video in “A Cautionary Video About America’s ‘Stuff’”
“…The video is a cheerful but brutal assessment of how much Americans waste, and it has its detractors. But it has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution. And many children who watch it take it to heart…”
In a blog of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation called “The Real “Story of Stuff” about Capitalism and the Free Market” you will find a reasonable analysis of “The Story of Stuff”.
“If you want freedom, peace and prosperity for people all over the globe, you want capitalism. Protestors at the G-20 Summit would have us believe otherwise. So would the creators of the Story of Stuff, an anti-free-market film seen by tens of thousands of school children who now believe capitalism means trashing the earth and stealing resources from poor people.
It would be good if our schools began teaching intellectually honest economics. But most do not. What if all policymakers understood the connections between peace and personal liberty; prosperity and free markets; justice and risk?…”
You may want to go to the Evergreen Freedom Foundation website and learn who they are and their mission. This appears to be a solid and balanced organization.
The New York Times article states that
“…Which is one reason ‘The Story of Stuff’, a 20-minute video about the effects of human consumption, has become a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.”
A sleeper hit with whom? Is it a sleeper hit with parents? Have parents been told that it would be in the lessons? The piece states that the government exists to take care of us, well James Madison and the other Founders are rolling over on that statement alone. It is wrong about how much is spent on defense and how must forest remain. It even uses a military tank to represent the government—how balanced is that?