"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Have you heard about a newly released movie called "IndoctriNation"?
According to its promoters, it is a “90-minute documentary film that takes the audience on a panoramic exploration of one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind, the issue of education. Traveling all over America with his family in a big yellow school bus and conducting a series of candid conversational interviews, Colin Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker, actor, and homeschool father of seven children living in Texas, is on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system. What he discovers is a masterful design that sought to replace God's recipe for training up the next generation with a humanistic, man-centered program that fragmented the family and undermined the influence of the Church and its Great Commission.” (link)
To give you an idea of the documentary's focus, here are some quotes from the trailer which you can view at the above link.
“When you send that child off to school today, you’re sending them into a pagan society.“ Charles Stanley
“And when the studies are showing that there is virtually no difference between the church and the world, at what point are Southern Baptists gonna rise up and say enough is enough.” Roger Moran
“They are stealing our children, but because they are leaving the body of the child with us, we don’t even know it’s happening.” Erwin Lutzer
“If I had my way government education would be brought to a halt.” Howard Phillips (father of Doug Phillips)
“Trying to fix public education is like trying to teach a pig how to dance. You get dirty, and the pig gets mad.” E. Ray Moore
“Turning your children over to total strangers and having those strangers work on your child’s mind, it’s a mad idea.” John Taylor Gatto
“Public schools have become a criminal enterprise.” Samuel Blumenfeld
“Parents are willing to admit that there are these problems and yet believe that their children will somehow escape. They won’t.” Luci McLeod
After seeing the trailer, I would have difficulty watching this documentary. In my ever to be humble opinion, this is propaganda at its worst. IndoctriNation begins by stating that ninety percent of Christian parents send their children to public schools. And, of course, it's the "government schools" that are responsible for the decline in Christianity, right? There can be no doubt that this video was produced to scare parents into following the advice of the homeschooling gurus featured in the documentary.
Here is a partial list of the cast members (not sure why all the names were not included).
CAST: Col. John Eidsmoe, David d'Escoto, David Goetsch, Erwin Lutzer, Gary DeMar, Gary North, Geoff Botkin, Herb Titus, Israel Wayne, Joe Morecraft, Ken Ham, Kevin Swanson, Mike Metarko, Ray Moore, Sam Blumenfeld, Voddie Baucham
Doug Phillips promotes the IndoctriNation video on his blog and shares the names of additional cast members, including himself and his father. (link)
"Hear from Samuel Blumenfeld, Col. John Eidsmoe, John Taylor Gatto, Ken Ham, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Doug Phillips, Howard Phillips, Bruce Shortt, R.C. Sproul, Jr., Kevin Swanson, and many more."
It seems that Ken Ham had a tremendous influence on one of the movie's producers, Colin Gunn. Here is some background information provided on the movie website:
“Ken Ham had a tremendous impact on the Gunn Brothers as young men. His influential tours to Scotland and England encouraged both of us to consider the long term impact of evolutionary thinking and the unparalleled harm it has caused. A big part of our motivation to make IndoctriNation is to draw attention to this deep legacy of evolutionary philosophy within the public school system.”
Isn't it interesting that Ken Ham seems to show up in controversial documentaries. Remember the video we reviewed last month called "Divided"? Not only are certain individuals featured in both videos, namely Ken Ham, Doug Phillips, Kevin Swanson, and R.C. Sproul, Jr., but they are highly critical of organized institutions. The Divided documentary condemns the traditional church (family integrated churches are promoted) while IndoctriNation condemns public education and glorifies homeschooling. And these people profess to have all the answers?
What speaks volumes to us is that Christian Reconstructionist Gary North is interviewed in the IndoctriNation documentary, claiming that public schools teach "the religion of Humanism." Here is a brief history lesson. Gary North is the son-in-law of R.J. Rushdoony, who is credited with founding the Reconstructionist Movement. North warned in the video, "Jesus Christ made it clear when He said, he who is not with me is against me."
Rushdoony, who is deceased, developed a loyal following during his lifetime. Interestingly, a couple of men who appear in the IndoctriNation video are mentioned in an article which addresses Rushdoony turning eighty. (link)
Here is a quote from that article that troubles us:
"Home schooling and home churches allow for the literal isolation of Reconstructionist families from sinful realms of secular existence."
That seems to be the goal of those who produce these controversial videos — to isolate families through homeschooling and home churches. That's when the INDOCTRINATION can really take place.
Here is our recommendation. If someone approaches you with this video or tries to convince you to order it online (Vision Forum and the Creation Museum offer it for just under $20), just tell them that you are not interested. When it comes to indoctrination, these people have the public schools beat hands down!
Please understand, we know that there are problems within the public education system, but we have found that parents seem to have the most profound impact on their children. Our children are now grown, and over the last two decades we have known families whose children were homeschooled, attended private schools (both secular and Christian), and attended public schools. We can assure you that none of these educational opportunities guarantees success.
Please remember that some of the homeschooling gurus mentioned above have built lucrative businesses and ministries on the backs of families who trust them. We must never forget that they have much to gain ($$$ and influence) if families abandon the public education system and follow them.
Lydia's Corner: 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14 Romans 9:1-24 Psalm 19:1-14 Proverbs 20:1