I'm not one to promote or put my full approval on a book unless I really and truly agree with the entire message. I read a lot, and while there are many "good books" out there, every once in a while a real gem comes along. Recently I had the opportunity to read one of these type of books, and I don't mean "gem" in a sweet story, or a great theological oratory. This is a book that will shock many readers, and will start you thinking about the truths presented in it's pages. I'm talking about IndoctriNation, presented by Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez.
IndoctriNation is a companion to the dvd documentary by the same name, and it takes you on a journey through the history of public schools in America, the school system's founding fathers and their beliefs, and why so many parents are opting to instead homeschool their children. We have always homeschooled, and after reading IndoctriNation, I am even more thankful for this fact. I truly believe every parent should read this book, and discover the agenda that many of the school system leaders have, and how they are using the classroom to train children to their way of thinking.
This book contains 23 chapters by various contributing authors, including public school teachers and principals, politicians, concerned parents, and even an introduction by the father of a student killed in the Columbine school massacre. This introduction alone is enough to cause any concerned parent to rethink sending their children to public school. Brian Rohrbough, whose son Dan was killed at Columbine, states "My son died not because of some choice that he made, but ultimately because of a choice that I made". He continues, "There was no biblical justification for me to send my son to a Godless public school. He died because I ignored God's Word, even though I knew better".
Issues discussed in IndoctriNation include Drugging Them Up, Dumbing Them Down, Separation of School and State, The History of History Textbooks, The Goal of Education, and many other subjects. If you think the public schools are not pushing an agenda, consider this quite from John Dewey, the "father of experiential education". He says, "The superficial explanation is that a government resting upon popular suffrage cannot be successful unless those who elect and obey their governors are educated. Since a democratic society repudiates the principal of external authority, it must find a substitute in voluntary disposition and interest; these can be created only by education". What an eye-opening statement! Dewey openly admits that public school education is a way to further their own agenda, and "educate" students to their way of thinking.
One last quote I want to share, this one from John Taylor Gatto, author of The Underground History of American Education: "Is there an idea more radical in the history of the human race than turning your children over to total strangers whom you know nothing about, and having those strangers work on your child's mind, out of your sight, for a period of twelve years? It's a mad idea!". I encourage any parent to pick up a copy of IndoctriNation and read it carefully-you will never view public school education the same way again!