On May 23 and May 24, 2016 Ms. LaMontagne, a California Public School Teacher, used her personal subscription account with Gaia, (formerly known as Gaiam TV), to stream a metaphysical documentary called “Secret of Water.” The film she presented to her 4th grade students served as supplemental instructional materials used to reinforce her previous lessons about Dr. Masaru Emoto and what is known as the ‘Emoto Rice Experiment’. Ms. LaMontagne has developed her curriculum using a variety of Dr. Emoto’s published works as part of her science energy unit.
According to the company’s website, Gaia “offer[s] the largest resource of consciousness-expanding videos”; with over 8,000 videos including original Gaia content.
The film “Secret of Water” was produced by Gaia and released for streaming exclusively on the Gaia streaming website on May 7, 2015. Film Critic, Ken Jaworowski, gave the film a scathing review in a New York Times article dated March 19, 2015.
“Secret of Water” was based on Dr. Masaru Emoto’s controversial research and publications about his theories on creating clean living water by channeling positive prayer, positive thoughts, and positive metaphysical energy to the water. Wikipedia describes: “Emoto’s conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work revolved around pseudoscientific hypotheses that water could react to positive thoughts and words and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization”.
The class presentation of the film, alarmed at least one student’s parents who felt like the film, and the teachings about Dr. Emoto, were inappropriate for Elementry school-aged children because of the spiritual and religious nature of the materials. The parents went on to file a formal complaint under the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s UCP (Uniform Complaint Procedure). You can read the parent’s UCP Complaint as well as the CVUSD UCP Investigative Findings among the posts on this website.