The first thing I would like to say is that why is it that I have to hear about this story from Mark Levin and ABC News? CBC News did have an article out concerning this, but I don’t recall seeing it on either CBC News Network or CTV Newsnet. Michael Coren also didn’t cover this, but then again, considering what has been in the news lately, I can see why he didn’t spend any time on it. In any event, here’s the story from ABC’s Susan Donaldson James.
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…
Give the rest of the news report a look. It’s far more informative and far better researched than the CBC News article.
Marc-Andre Lanciault’s blog, “Notre Vie,” is well put together and I recommend my French-speaking readership give it a look. His post concerning this event has highlighted a problem within our schools with environmental zealotry. Don’t be fooled, these people are as dedicated to this belief as if it were a religion. Considering this, how is it that Christians can’t mention Jesus Christ, but these environmentalists can brainwash our children into believing that a Ziploc bag, which can be reused, is somehow going to destroy the Earth? As The National Post’s Lorne Gunter stated in his column yesterday, environmentalism is out of control and it is rather “hilarious” (though I am not laughing) that these people are so obsessed with micromanaging our lives. It’s disturbing actually and it has to stop.
If I were Marc-Andre Lanciault, I would have first bought Felix a stuffed animal just to show him that I didn’t think he was wrong for bring his lunch to school in Ziploc bags. They aren’t that expensive and the positive reinforcement would have gone a long way to undoing the damage this teacher had done to his self-esteem. The second thing I would have done is put a spotlight on this teacher and demand that the school fire her, and if they wouldn’t, make that an issue. Many of these environmentalists push this nonsense because they don’t think that they will be found out, let alone punished for their actions. Change that. The only way to defeat this nonsense is to directly challenge it, to make it an issue for people to rally behind. We can’t sit quietly anymore as these zealots are targeting our children, that they are being punished by these zealots for not adhering to their radical beliefs.
This isn’t just happening in Laval, Quebec. I wish many more parents who are in Marc-Andre Lanciault’s position would make it known, whether it is through blog posts or calls to local newspapers, what is going on in their childrens’ classrooms. This indoctrination of our children by environmentalist radicals must stop. Felix’s reaction to his mother, Isabel Theoret, putting his lunch in Ziploc bags is more than enough to tell myself and others just how damaging this nonsense can be to a young child’s self-esteem. Disturbing…