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The Story of Stuff: Catching On With Kids

The New York Times reports on "The Story of Stuff" and its critique of consumption--both are getting a (mostly) enthusiastic reception from kids and teachers. While it's not surprising that there isn't much about consumption within the standard curriculum, one of the teachers' statements stood out:

“Frankly, a lot of the textbooks are awful on the subject of the environment,” said Bill Bigelow, the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools, a quarterly magazine that has promoted “The Story of Stuff” to its subscribers and on its Web site, which reaches about 600,000 educators a month. “The one used out here in Oregon for global studies — it’s required — has only three paragraphs on climate change. So, yes, teachers are looking for alternative resources.”

As a non-parent I was kind of surprised that climate change isn't a bigger part of kids' studies. Is it that climate change is still considered a contentious enough issue (even more than sex ed or evolution?) that it's simply not mentioned?

The article still gives a lot of hope for the power of a non-textbook resource like the Story of Stuff Video to change young people's outlooks--and behaviors. The little boy who struggled before buying Legos, consoling himself that they weren't disposable, is a budding conscious consumer.

If you haven't seen the video, watch the teaser below. If you have seen it, host a screening or download educational materials.





Tags: Children, Education, Kids, Parents, School, Stuff, Video

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