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‘The Story of Stuff’

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that a short animated film called “The Story of Stuff” has become “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.” What I like about the story is the way the unabashed advocacy of the film has led to real teachable moments and substantive engagement from the kids.

Mark Lukach, who teaches global studies at Woodside Priory, a Catholic college-preparatory school in Portola Valley, Calif., acknowledged that the film is edgy, but said the 20-minute length gives students time to challenge it in class after viewing it….Mr. Lukach’s students made a response video and posted it on YouTube, asking Ms. Leonard to scare them less and give them ideas on how to make things better. That in turn inspired high school students in Mendocino, Calif., to post an answer to Woodside, with suggested activities.

  • NaturalHeroes

    THE STORY OF STUFF will air in its entirety in the fourth season of the Emmy award-winning Public Television series, NATURAL HEROES.
    Annie Leonard is a natural hero for researching and sharing this information in a way that motivates thought, change, and even anger.
    Check your local Public Television listings this fall.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks so much, Natural Heroes! Keep us posted when it gets closer to the broadcast.

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