More kids are learning about The Story of Stuff


It's hard to get kids interested in learning about economics and the environment in the classroom, especially when textbooks have outdated information about it or none at all. That's why a 20-minute video called The Story of Stuffis becoming a sleeper hit in American classrooms.

It's a condensed explanation of where consumer goods come from, where they go when we're done with them, and how much havoc they wreak on the earth. It doesn't shed a flattering light on U.S. government or corporations (a school board in Missoula, Montana ruled against screening the video in classrooms after a parent complained it was too anti-capitalist).