I’m always leery of the book version of a film, especially documentaries and other nonfictional media, mostly because the “novelization” tends to rehash the same ground that I just covered in the movie. But every once in a while, the book proves to be the perfect complement the filmmakers promised. Indoctrination is just such a book: relevant, readable and revealing.
I should begin by noting that I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary itself. I never got around to reviewing it, but I found it both disturbing and compelling. How could our public schools be this bad? The ineffectiveness of public education has been well-documented in other films such as Waiting for Superman, but Indoctrination gets to the root of the issue of why public education undermines our children’s religious worldview… and we find out that it’s quite on purpose!
The companion book to this award-winning documentary by Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez includes contributions by R.C. Sproul, Jr., Ken Ham, Voddie Bacham, Jr., John Taylor Gatto, Israel Wayne, Doug Phillips and many more. It even includes an article by fellow West Virginian Karl Priest concerning Kanawha County’s 1974 Textbook War. Rather than simply regurgitating the documentary, this material expands the information presented previously. It’s impossible to cover the material presented in 23 essays and 5 appendices, but I would like to share some of the things that struck me.
In the Introduction by Brian Rohrbough, who lost his son at the Columbine High Massacre, he notes that “If you place your children in public school, within a few years, you will find division growing between you and them. Will you tell yourself that this separation is normal and that it is just part of your children growing up? Do you really believe hatred between parents and children is normal?” [pp.22-23] This mirrors comments made by David & Kim d’Escoto on page 300:
“And then they turn five… and we are expected to cut the apron strings and turn them over to the state to continue their education… The detachment process begins, and almost unknowingly, the gap between child and home widens. Bonds are loosened, and the foundation of trust crumbles. Children who once looked to their parents for leadership now turn to their teachers for knowledge, their peers for wisdom, and their music and televisions for entertainment.”
The detachment syndrome they describe is similar to that experienced by children who are taken from their parents and placed in foster homes.
The reason for this division between parent and child is because, as Michael Metarko aptly puts it, “America is Troy; our public education system is the Trojan Horse… [p.25] In opening up that Trojan horse, I was stunned and appalled. I not only realized what the horse was but saw the deceivers’ plans. In a phrase, what I found was indoctrination in an anti-Christian worldview called humanism… [p. 27] With 90 percent of Christians still sending their children into this statist educational system, I need to be brutally direct. According to current research, if you send your child to public school, you WILL most likely lose your child to the secular humanistic worldview [p.36].”
Or as Voddie Baucham, Jr. notes:
“The correlation is clear: If we continue to send our children to Caesar for their education, we need to stop being surprised when they come home as Romans.” [p.263]
Read the rest of this review at the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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