My friend Treena got in trouble for showing the movie An Inconvenient Truth to her sixth grade class. I asked her whether she had used the film as a tool to teach skepticism and independent thinking. The answer was no, which is a real shame. It must be admitted that the movie is a masterpiece, with its homey feel, touching anecdotes, authority figures and filtered scientific information. It would be a perfect opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the techniques of effective propaganda.
Unfortunately, Treena is too far into the message conveyed by the film to appreciate its true value.