I have been wanting to watch IndoctriNation from Great Commission Films for a long while now. It has been talked about in the circles I have been apart of over the years. I would say to myself, I so want to see this, as I have both home schooled my children, and they have been enrolled in a public school. Well, three of my children have been at one time in a public school. My now 12 year old has never stepped foot into one.
Colin Gunn, a Scottish Film Maker, and his family traveled in a yellow school bus across the nation to learn about the American public school system. He, being Scottish, wanted to learn more about the origins of the American public school system and the social impacts it has on the students and their families.
I was not always a home-school parent. My oldest two children attended public school for a long time, Even my 14-year old spent a year in the public school setting What we experienced was both horrific, and not entirely terrible. When Casey was in 2nd grade, she bought her bible to school to read during free-time. She ended up getting suspended for it, yet, meanwhile, there was a girl reading her koran, and was able to stay right there in class. Casey knew it was wrong and stood up for herself. Because she stood up for herself, she had a 2nd day of suspension added on. I knew right then and there, there was something wrong with our public school system.
Cody was taught while in pre-k that everyone is his friend, including the ones that bully him. They are just “friends having a bad day” They had a bad day all the way till 3rd grade when I pulled him out. Casey, again, was suspended for punching a boy in the nose for making fun of her brother. While most kids understand that not everyone is their friend. Cody does not. Now, at 18 and a senior in high school, we have to differentiate who are friends and who are “just having a bad day”. There is a lot of danger in that teaching.
With the rise of school violence, school bullying, and now even the new common core standards being placed on schools, IndoctriNation is a much needed documentary that needs to be watched by parents. I remember when it first came out, that it was a “must see” in the homeschooling circles and church circles my family ran in. I then forgot about it till I was asked to review it. As I said, it is a film that needs to be seen by every parent before they put their children into the public school system.
My entire family sat and watched IndoctriNation. We had quite the discussion. We were in agreement that we are glad that my younger boys are not involved any longer with the school system. We teach them the truth about Christ, the truth about the history of the United States, and even real, regular math. We actually did not at all argue about it. We agreed.
I jumped all over the opportunity to review. My very first thought of the documentary is how boring it was. It is quite dry. But, then I started to listen to what Colin was talking about. Listening to what the other folks on the film were saying, I started to see in my mind’s eye the picture Colin was painting. I am glad my children are not in the school system, and I am really hoping that my grandchildren won’t be attending there either.
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