This book IndroctriNation is a companion book to the documentary, IndoctriNation. It is edited by Charles Laverdiere and published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. This book has numerous contributors which includes R.C. Sproul, Jr., Ken Ham, Doug Phillips, Voddie Baucham, Jr., and many, many more.
It is a thick book with 382 pages (including the index). It has 23 chapters and 5 appendixes. Some of the titles are: America's Trojan Horse: Public Education; Drugging Them Up; Dumbing Them Down; On Trial for Christ: A Teacher's Testimony; Separation of School and State, etc...This book is meant to persuade the Christian parent to remove their child(ren) from the public schools and to homeschool them.
I am a homeschooler myself and believe in it 100%. I have worked in a public school for 2 years before I had kids and I wasn't too impressed with some of what I saw & heard. But I also believe in school choice and that each family should do what is best for them.
I skimmed through this book, reading the chapters that sounded interesting to me. It was interesting to read about the history of the public schools and how things changed. Found it too long to read and somewhat dry, depending on the chapter. It's not a book that you can read in one day. Lots of information to read and think about. The public (government) schools do have an agenda that they want pushed. In the introduction, Mr. Rohrbough mentions the "diversity training, the false science, and the revisionist history being taught." But do you also accept the social environment and political agenda of your child's school? And do you deny the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol to which your child has access?" (pg. 22).
I would recommend this book for Christian parents with kids in public schools. Might be useful for those who are skeptical about homeschooling and not seeing anything really wrong with sending your children to public school. Just to be aware of the issues is a good thing.
This site: About IndoctriNation Book has a couple downloads, preview and book trailer near the end of the page.
I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group in return for my honest review.
This book is a companion book to the film. I did not review the film, so this review will be about the book only. "IndoctriNation" gives convincing evidence that home schooling is far better than public (government) schools or private schools. It also shows how much politics is involved in the public schools, as well as, the agendas that are being pushed through the teaching methods and curriculum.
"IndoctriNation" warns about what a physically dangerous place public schools are for all involved-both students and teachers. The book cites many examples of horrible violence within the schools. The most eye opening being the 2009 report showing violent crime victimization was higher inside the walls of public schools than out on the streets.
Each chapter is written by a different author, so the reader gets different perspectives and information on the subject. I especially liked the ones written by Erwin Lutzer, Ken Ham and Voddie Baucham, Jr. But each chapter had the same overriding theme: if you care about your child, get them out of public school.
This is a great book for people who know nothing about homeschooling, the state of today's public schools, or the politics involved. Even if the reader thinks they know everything about the subject, I believe they would learn something from this book. It is very detailed and comprehensive. I recommend this book and give it five stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez present, Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity, one of their objectives being "to equip the homeschooling public with the ammunition necessary to effectively defend our educational choices....using these resources to graciously challenge our brothers and sisters who are still deceived by the public school system."
Whereas this book did not convict or further strengthen my personal stance to homeschool, it did open my eyes to the horrors of the public school system. It was outright scary. One article after another exposing the not so hidden socialist agenda promulgated throughout the system sent shock waves. Does the public school system have its problems? Certainly. However, this outright crusade to indoctrinate children throughout this country, whether through mental manipulation or drugs, is blatant and intentional.
As a former educator, thankfully for only a short while, the role seems to be clearly defined as one of complacent obedience. Teachers are no longer trained and hired to teach but to diagnosis. Mediocrity and failure are the new standard and thus encouraged. The goal for appealing to the masses has replaced integrity, work ethic, and overall motivation. Teachers unwilling to submit are weeded out.
This is not one author's opinion but a collaboration of experts, educators, and parents who have thoroughly researched this topic and provide many references and not simply personal opinions or experience. Anyone in the aforementioned categories should look closely into this resource and identify their role as willing conformist or combatant against a system designed to strip parents of their God-given right to educate their children with a Biblical worldview.
Let us all beware that their socialist agenda is clear--death and destruction to morals, values, and the family. They want to warp and pervert children from very young to serve their own twisted agendas. This book is a battle cry for any parent having school aged children to wake up. The call to action might not be changing the system, but rather not allowing one's children to participate in it. Neutrality is not an option.
I received complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
This book gives us insight into what is wrong with our public school system and why as Christians we shouldn't be sending our children there. This give true blue statistics on the drugging and the over diagnosing of our children. Trust me I have been there I am just glad that my eyes are open to it all now. I just wish I was never sucked into the lie. Most parents trust the school system or just don't realize they have another choice and that they too can homeschool those precious children. This book broke my heart when I read how many children are put on drugs that the don't need. ADD and ADHD are relatively new diagnoses these didn't exist in our grandparents days.
I can say that I agree with the Dumbing Down part of this book cause I feel I was short changed in school. My husband and I are 13 yrs apart, as I was going into school he was graduating high school. I feel that I missed a lot of schooling I should have gotten but no it didn't happen. Growing up there where a few years that I had the same books in different schools. We weren't taught anything other then how to take a standardized test and pass so we didn't make the school district look bad.
This book shows that children are important and so is the information we put in their heads. I want my children to enjoy learning and to pass that on to my grandchildren. I want them to learn all the time and not have to worry about a test that doesn't prove anything.
I am sure my review and my opinion will offend friends and family who work in the public school system and that is not my intention.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book for my honest review from Master Books
I am not sure where to start. I enjoy writing reviews, but this one is the hardest. It has such an important message. I think it is just being delivered in the most mundane (Lacking interest or excitement; dull) way. I agree with the message in this book, this is why my children have always been in the Christian school or homeschooled through the Christian school. But, the question is, how do we get this information to the ones who really need it- the parents who don't understand this education dilemma we are in? I personally will try to lend my copy out to as many Christian parents as I can. I have rallied against public schools my whole adult life. This book gave me more knowledge to support my views of public school. Most people just 'trust'. And leave it to the 'professionals' to lead and teach our children.
This is sad and the book explains why we can't do this.
This book is long. Sometimes, it was engaging and other times it felt overwhelming. I love to read, so I stuck with it. I love to expand my knowledge of these issues, so I stuck with it. I fear that most people who don't understand or care about this subject would give up on it early into the book. It is not casual reading. It has an important message. I feel it is worth reading, at least, in the best interest of our children.
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.