Schoolteachers turning kids anti-capitalist with 'Story of Stuff'

Sarah Gilbert

A recent episode of Speaking of Faith on NPR discussed children's spiritual development and the guest, a rabbi, noted that schools do a very good job of teaching children to be "workers and consumers" (but not much else). A little 20-minute online video could very well change that, if a story in Monday's New York Times is to be believed.

The Story of Stuff, a well-designed and straightforward video by Annie Leonard, tells a tale of how our consumption habits, planned obsolescence, and general materialistic race to out-Jones the Joneses, is impacting the planet, both in climate change and with the stultifying enormity of landfills and littered waste we create.