This documentary is excellent. As a parent who has been homeschooling for a while I didn't think I was going to learn anything new, but I watched the previews and had to watch more. Things have changed a lot since my generation was in school, which wasn't long ago in the 90's. I encourage every parent to watch this. It is eye opening.
Americans are always shocked when what is thought to be good is actually bad. Example: Sugar is sweet, but causes tooth decay and may lead to heart problems. So if schools are thought to be good but are actually causing our children to bow to false gods, then we really need to take a serious look at why we send them there. One well know professional states that a "child-believer" should be in every classroom; that is not a burden to place on a child that is growing, maturing in every aspect. I have known college age students that could NOT deal with the ridicule from teachers and classmates. Just read the newspaper to see what is done to adults-teachers that bring God or a Bible into the conversation in a public school. Maybe your strong articulate child can defend the faith, but what else will they we forced to endure?
Once a mom told me she placed her child in public school to witness. The child's teacher was well known in the community for worshipping a false god, actually an idol. I ask the mom, "How do you refute the teaching of that false god or belief system?" She as an adult could not do it, yet put her child under that persons's authority and teaching. It is time parents realize where their duty lies!
The documentary involves Colin Gunn, a homeschooling dad who hails from Scotland, loading his family up on a schoolbus and going around the country to talk to all kinds of people. Some are well-known in homeschooling circles, like John Taylor Gatto, Ken Ham, and Voddie Baucham. As a homeschooler for the past dozen years, they really didn't say anything I haven't heard before.
For me, it was the stories told by regular people that hit me. A very popular elementary school teacher. A recent graduate of a highly rated public school. Another teacher. A regular working-man type of dad. A school principal. People who DO know what is going on in the schools.
The main message of the documentary is basically that as Christians, we have to get our kids out of the public school system. That's a message that makes me squirm. I mean, we have made the decision to homeschool, but I struggle enough with my family, you know? I'm not sure that I'm capable of making any kind of recommendation about schooling choices to anyone else.
But one thing I do feel comfortable saying is: "You have to be aware." I think this documentary can really, really make you think. To think long and hard about what the real situation is for our kids in the schools.
I know, the tendency is to believe that these things are not happening here. People just northwest of me, up in Denver, believed that. It's been over a decade since Columbine, but the last few months have been challenging. The movie theater shooting in Aurora this summer. The abduction of a sweet 10 year old girl just this past week.
For me, these drive home the point that horrible things are happening in my community.
The DVD runs just 102 minutes, and honestly I think every Christian parent should see it.
Disclaimer: I received this materials for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity is a companion book to the DVD by the same title. I have watched it and it is just as disturbing as the book.
Disturbing, however is not bad.
In this book and accompanying DVD, the filmmakers and editor have compiled a combination of first-hand interviews and article/book excerpts into one vast resource regarding the history and state of public education in America.
Learning more about the history of American public education was quite enlightening to me...and disturbing as well.
I am one of the many Americans who has truly no choice (due to poor past financial decisions) other than to send my child to a public school. He has been blessed with great teachers and a great education thus far, but don't think for a minute that I don't have concern for what he hears or will hear in the classrooms he attends - both from teachers and other students. Thus the reason I try my best to diligently #TeachtheTruth in our daily lives in whatever ways God allows and leads me to.
Still, the government-guided school system has my child for more total, undivided time than I do if you factor in all of the other things that go on before and after school.
IndoctriNation brings to light how deliberate my situation is.
No, I do not deliberately choose to let the God-forsaking United States government indoctrinate and mold my child into becoming the kind of humanistic (man-centered) citizen they want to create, but they do deliberately structure our education system in such as way that what I described is highly likely to happen to most children who spend 12 formative years in this government created, government led system. If you don't think that is true, I challenge you to read my review of Already Gone by Ken Ham& Britt Beemer and read that book for more detailed survey results that prove it. Maybe many of the people who work in or have children in this system don't agree with that statement, but just a few pages into the book IndoctriNation will bring to light some things that were put in place many many years ago which have us already socialized in ways we don't even realize.
Again, though, I had a very tough time with this book. Not just for reasons I have described but also because the filmmakers and editor, in their notes of introduction to the book and even a couple of the authors of book portions, conveyed a tone that I did not agree with. I understand their passion for conveying this important message, but in their words some of them seemed to forget about parents like me. They wrapped all parents of publicly educated children into this package group of being "deceived" and lazy / careless about our children's education.
One such statement stands out that I would like to rebut, if I may.
Editor Charles LaVerdiere states, "Previous generations of 'We the People' gladly handed over their children, first to the one-room schoolhouse then to the government, all for convenience."
If anyone in those previous generations was like me, I can say that not all "gladly" handed their children over and likely not so much for "convenience" as much as out of necessity. I struggle internally daily with having to be far less involved with my child's daily schooling than I would like (not even being able to be on campus at his public school as much as I would like due to work obligations). And the public school system is not so much a convenience to me as it is a necessity. Poor financial decisions of my past when I was younger and even single have affected me and continue to affect our family in a way that we are unable to afford living on one income nor can we even afford a private school (not that private schools are the perfect option either).
All that said, I stuck with the book and was very thankful I did. MANY important facts brought to light in the nearly 400 pages of this book as well as the nearly 2 hours of DVD that accompanies it. You truly should delve into this one if you have children of any age in or near "school days."
So...have I got you thinking...?
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group and was allowed to watch the DVD for free as well. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
This documentary gives an excellent eye opening experience for all parents. I thought I was well educated on the school system, but my eyes have been opened to just how far we have fallen. Every parent who is wanting to raise their children in a Christian environment should watch this video.