Canada: Eco-Freak Kindergarten Teacher Excludes Children From Teddy Bear Contest for Bringing Ziploc Baggies to School
Commie eco-indoctrination in action:
Boy Bagged For Taking Eco-Unfriendly Ziploc to School
Kindergartener’s Parent Rages About ‘Propaganda;’ Earth Day Educators Say Teacher Was Wrong
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES – ABC News
Isabel Theoret was preparing a sandwich for her 6-year-old son’s Kindergarten class one day last week, when he screamed out, “No Mommy! Not a Ziploc!”
The child, who lives with his family in the town of Laval in Quebec, explained that his teacher would exclude him from a contest to win a stuffed teddy bear if he brought an environmentally unfriendly plastic baggie to school.
“Felix explained with lots of emotion and tears in his eyes that there was a simple condition to entering the drawing: Don’t use a Ziploc bag in their lunch,” his father, Marc-Andre Lanciault wrote on his French-language blog, “Notre Vie” [Our Life].
“Felix reacted as if someone had slaughtered a pig for his ham sandwich,” said his father, who is CEO and founder of the technology company INBOX International.
When the father questioned Felix’s teacher, she responded, “You know, Mr. Lanciault, it’s not very good for the environment,” according to a report in Canada’s National Post. “We have to take care of our planet and the bags do not decompose well.”
The baggie blow-up rippled across blogs in both Canada and the United States, as critics wondered why environmental education had to be so dogmatic, especially among the youngest students.
Michael Sanera, co-author of the 1999 book, “Facts Not Fear: Teaching Children About the Environment,” said the Canadian incident was not surprising.
“Things haven’t changed,” he said. “Here we have the same sort of pattern we documented in the book — teachers are becoming activists and training their kids to be activists. Secondly, they are latching on to environmental dogma and teaching that as science to kids. Who is to say that kids don’t wash out the baggies and re-use them? Why is the Ziploc a problem?”
The chemicals involved in paper production are more harmful to the environment than thinner, modern plastics, according to Sanera, who is director of research and local government studies for the libertarian John Locke Foundation.
“The key problem is we’ve got a teacher that is on a political crusade and thinks it’s her responsibility to indoctrinate kids and not teach sound science,” Sanera said. “They should teach the science and economics and let the kids decide on their own — after seeing the pros and cons of both sides of the issue.
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