Brainwashing our children

The New York Times reports on a 21 minute video, “stuff” that is taking our classrooms by storm. Its a “lesson” put out by a self-described Greenpeace activist that denounces capitaism, disparages corporations and is filled with gross misstatements of fact. Naturally, the brain-dead people we graduate from teacher college love it and are exposing their students to this “truth”

What do you think the role of government is? I thought it was to defend our borders and possibly keep the peace. Nope. According to the video, “the government’s job is to watch out for us, to take care of us – that’s its job.”

How much of our budget is spent on national defense? If you said 21% , you’d be right. If you parroted this liar’s line and guessed 50%, you’d get an A from the communist in the front of your classroom.




No where is it mentioned in the video that that 21% compares to the 44% spent on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Ad so on. Animals are the earth’s friends, people its enemy, corporations  are out to rob us, a $4.99 radio is not the wondrous result of world trade but a blatant rip off of poor people everywhere, etc. etc. As I said, teachers love it.

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 changeand pollution. And many children who watch it take it to heart: riding in the car one day with his parents in Tacoma, Wash., Rafael de la Torre Batker, 9, was worried about whether it would be bad for the planet if he got a new set of Legos.

“When driving by a big-box store, you could see he was struggling with it,” his father, David Batker, said. But then Rafael said, “It’s O.K. if I have Legos because I’m going to keep them for a very long time,” Mr. Batker recalled.

The video was created by Annie Leonard, a former Greenpeace employee and an independent lecturer who paints a picture of how American habits result in forests being felled, mountaintops being destroyed, water being polluted and people and animals being poisoned. Ms. Leonard, who describes herself as an “unapologetic activist,” is also critical of corporations and the federal government, which she says spends too much on the military.

Ms. Leonard put the video on the Internet in December 2007. Word quickly spread among teachers, who recommended it to one another as a brief, provocative way of drawing students into a dialogue about how buying a cellphone or jeans could contribute to environmental devastation.

So far, six million people have viewed the film at its site,, and millions more have seen it on YouTube. More than 7,000 schools, churches and others have ordered a DVD version, and hundreds of teachers have written Ms. Leonard to say they have assigned students to view it on the Web.

Environmental education is still a young and variable field, according to Frank Niepold, the climate education coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are few state or local school mandates on how to teach the subject.

The agency is seeking to change that, but in the interim many teachers are developing their own lesson plans on climate change, taking some elements from established sources like the National Wildlife Federation and others from less conventional ones like “The Story of Stuff.”

Home schooling looks more and more like the only answer to state-sponsored idiocy. I’m not a conspiracist; I don’t think bad people deliberately designed a system that would dumb down successive generations by creating state certification for morons and have dimwits take charge of our children. It’s all been done with the best of intentions, but the results are as disastrous as if it had all been planned.


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6 responses to “Brainwashing our children

  1. anonymous

    Takes dumb parents and their usually dumb kids to believe the crap they “teach” at public or private schools (or Harvard or any other lib arts college) anyway

    Prestigious colleges are just “union cards” to enter lucrative careers like finance; most learning in life occurs at family dinner table; is self-taught; or is learned on-job

  2. Anonymous

    When our Greenwich elementary school had it’s mock elections, my six year old child ‘somehow’ thought he ‘had’ to vote for O. Needless to say almost 90 percent of votes were counted in favour of our leader. Whoever invented the word ‘Indoctrination’?

  3. Paco

    “I’m not a conspiracist; I don’t think bad people deliberately designed a system that would dumb down successive generations by creating state certification for morons and have dimwits take charge of our children.”

    Oh, no, it’s intentional. So-called Schools of Education all around the country propagandize and indoctrinate “education” majors. BHO’s infamous mentor Bill Ayers, not coincidently a professor of “education” in Chicago, is a long time leader of the movement. Don’t take my word for it, check out some of Ayers’ writings and/or interviews.

    Finally, 25% of delegates to Democrat National Conventions are these same brainwashed members of teachers’ unions… Don’t get me started…

  4. Anonymous

    The reason the under 25 crowd leans very left is a deliberate movement to indoctrinate our kids in the the radical left policies…my child was singled out by his teacher last fall because he was going to “vote” for McCain. She wanted the whole class to know why he would do something as stupid as that.

    The rest of society’s thoughts are shaped by what they read in MacJornalism such as Time, USA Today, Newsweek, etc. which are all tools of the left.

    I don’t think the right has a chance to recover from this.

  5. OGRCC

    How about some corporate sponsored classes or schools.

    the mcdonalds school for nutrition.

    bank of america economics school

    pfizer school on medical ethics.

    wal mart school on retailing and farming.

    general motors school of engineering

    exxon school of renewable energy and public transport

    oxford health school of efficiency

    you think these corporations are benevolent entities? like they really have our best interests at heart. i could go on and talk about how these companies directly relate to un healthy americans but I won’ b/c then i will be talking about health care. everyone’s favorite subject.

    I do agree however that our teachers aren’t that great, i never liked them anyway.

    I like their hours however, I wish i had summers off.

  6. Anonymous at 11.31hrs

    May I ask, Anonymous at 12.39, are we at the same school perchance?