IndoctriNation – Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

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Unless The LORD builds the house

It’s always interesting to read books, watch movies and discuss topics with my friends that can grow me as a person.  The ones I enjoy the most are ones that can truly grow me to fulfill the great commission – the true reason I was created and have breath filling my lungs.

I did not understand this truth and many others until a few years ago.  Until then, I walked through life, following the path and patterns that were being followed by others around me.

I share that with you because I want to share a book with you that – well can cause some strong emotions if not presented in a loving way: IndoctriNation by Colin Gunn . Unfortunately, we can not sit at a table with a cup of coffee, tea, or any other beverage you may enjoy and discuss the entire book from front to back.  Oh, if we could, I know it would be a wonderful discussion….one that would benefit both of us.

Since we can’t, I want to thank you for stopping by, spending a few minutes and understanding that when I share  IndoctriNation with you, I do so in love, not judgement, nor in condemnation.

Why in the world am I babbling on?  Well, because this book gets into the down and dirty dark secrets that plague our Public schools.  Yes, we have a plague in our schools.  I am not saying this to say we do not have excellent teachers or administrators…no, we have some VERY amazing and loving teachers standing in the gap for parents, taking on a huge task for our country – they are helping educate the future leaders.

But, where are we now?  We have children who are overwhelmed, and needing more help now than ever. Before I began my research to understand what is going on in our nation, I did not really know why we have the need for so many tutoring facilities and children needing to be on various medications to help them fit in society.  Once I begin reading other books and watched/read IndoctriNation I have a better understanding and will continue to research and study, for the benefit of my children and any friends/family who desire to sit down and understand the issues we are facig today.

IndoctriNation Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

Length of Book and Contributors

By now, you may be wondering – what’s in it?  Well, it’s 370 pages of deep – I mean deep information written by 30 contributors.  Names like:  Douglas W. Phillips, John Taylor Gatto, Ken Ham, Voddie Baucham, Jr. , Kevin Swanson, Israel Wayne, R.C.Sproul, Jr – and more.

What is it about?

IndoctriNation is an accompaniment to the film IndoctriNation – a documentary created to “‘equip the homeschooling public with ammunition necessary to effectively defend our educational choices ….” (Pg 9)

Sounds a little harsh, huh?  Well, if you are new to homeschooling or perhaps have no need for it, I can understand that.

I used to be there, too.  I went to public school and two of our children attended…one for a little more than 2 years and one for 1 year.  School isn’t the same as it was when I was there.  And, from what I gather from those older than me, it wasn’t the same for them, either.

Almost everyone I talk with shares the pros and cons of Public Education.  And I’m going to settle one thing now before I move on.  This REVIEW is not here to begin an argument or debate on whether or not you should homeschool.  That is a choice each and every parent must make for their families.  But, as the author of the book/documentary states:  “I could express to you my opinion that parents are accountable for the spiritual and physical risk their children face in public schools.  That’s my opinion and you could take it or leave it.  But when you hear the testimony of Brian Rohrbough, there’s no debate.  Brian lost his son in the Columbine shooting, and he leaves every parent with the unforgettable words, “I put him there.”  These are some of the bravest words I ever heard.” (pg 8)

Nitty Gritty

IndoctriNation provides insight from various authors (some listed above) about what is really going on in our Public School System.  It provides amazing historical content that you would have to dig deep and I mean deep to find – and I doubt your local library will have the information on their shelves.

What type of content?  Well, here are some bullet points from various portions of the book:

Samuel Blumefield:  Author of N.E.A.: Trojan Horse in American Education, Is Public Education Necessary?, How to Tutor and Alpha-Phoics – and tutor/teacher in both private and public schools

  • “A state government education is a socialist system…It made sense to a lot of people who bought the idea that man was morally perfectible and that all you needed was a good education.” (pg 169)
  • Identifies that our problems with reading in America are due to the new method of teaching reading through Whole Language (pg 172)
  • While that was implemented through an experiment based on Pavlov’s theory, another was also implemented on creating another form of ‘behavior disorganization – ADD:  “The experiment is done very easily:  we violate the rules of our usual laboratory procedure for the study of reactive processes; instead of isolating the subject from everything which might distract his attention, we do the opposite – while performing the experiment we converse with him, give him a book to read, and at intervals interrupt him by the auditory signal requiring the motor response.” (pg 173)

Dough Phillips: Founder/director of Vision Forum Ministries

  • “G. Stanley Hall, a child development theorist, took Darwin’s theory of evolution and applied it to the development of children.” (pg 193)
  • identifies that educational methodology or pedagogy is not neutral – they are teaching something that impacts the religious belief of a child.
  • Rise and Impact of Hellenism on education
  • How the Jewish Nation went with the ebb of society and it’s impact on them.
  • Haeckel’s impact on our education today – even though the picture he used in biology text books has been proven fraudulent…his impact remains.

John Taylor Gatto – Secretary of Education in the Libertarian Party Shadow Cabinet and recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for his contributions to the cause of liberty.  Mr. Gatto’s portion of the book is powerful.

  • Identifies the impact of childhood being extended – through keeping them from chores and being involved in active labor.
  • The impact of the Geneticists’ Manifesto
  • Impact of confining children:  “The decisive dynamics that make forced schooling poisonous to healthy human development aren’t hard to spot.  Work in classrooms isn’t significant work; it fails to satisfy real needs pressing on the individual; it doesn’t answer real questions experience raises in the young mind; it doesn’t contribute to solving any problem encountered in real life.  The net effect of making all schoolwork external to individual longings, experiences, questions and problems is to render the victim listless.  this phenomenon has been well understood at least since the time of the British enclosure movement that forced small farmers off their land into factory work. Growth and mastery come onoly to those who vigorously self-direct.  Initiating, creating, doing, freely associating, enjoying privacy – these are precisely structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another.  As I watched it happen, it took about three years to break most kids, three years confined to environments of emotional neediness with nothing to do.  In such environments, songs, smiles, bright colors, cooperative games and other tension breakers do the work better than angry words or punishment could.” (213)
E. Ray Moore – Pastor, president of Frontline Minsitries and director of the Exodus Mandate
  • “A terrible crisis has developed in the schools to which most Americans entrust their children.” (pg 251)
  • “Students are leaving public high schools in record numbers without having acquired basic writing skills, reading comprehension or mathematical ability. They know little or nothing of this country’s founding or its history” (pg 253)
  • “Many colleges have become degree mills, where many students graduate still lacking the basic knowledge needed for intelligent participation in representative government, much less the skills for today’s work place.” (pg 253)
  • “God assigned responsibility for education to the family with assistance from the church.  When secular humanism came to be the dominant world-view among the educational intelligentisa of our society and when the necessity of state-sponsored education becamethe dominant paradigm, even among Christians,the government – federal, state and local-was able to usurp the responsibilty of the family and the Church.  The government, however, has no God-ordained role in education any more than it has a constitutional role.” (pg 259)

Wrapping It up:

I could continue with more information more tidbits, more quotes, but I’ll leave that for you to discover.  The book is full of amazing historical and scientific information that every parent should read and understand.  To say that it is a disturbing book is an understatement.  As a Mom, I want to raise my children for God’s glory and prepare them for their future.  This book has given me much to think about and I will admit, I have slept very little as I have read through it’s contents, due to it’s content.


Here is a trailer for the book – I believe you will find it quite interesting…  (If you are unable to ‘see’ the video – click on this link:  )

You can purchase the book here for $14.99  or, the book and the video here for $29.99

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Facebook Party – Please join the Moms of Masterbooks for our next Book and a Bite Party on Facebook.  We will be discussing this book and some fun prizes will be given away.

 Have you researched the decline of Christianity in America?

I look forward to your comments and want to take a moment to say:  this is a broad overview of this book.  To truly understand it’s contents, it is necessary to read it.  While I respect everyone’s opinion and desire to educate their children and our First Amendment Rights, these are my opinions about this book and it’s contents.  Feel free to reply with your questions or comments, but please be mindful of my comment policy.  This is not an attack on any person, their choices/decisions or their beliefs.

Many Blessings,





Disclosure:  I received a copy of IndoctriNation in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.

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  1. Very well said Rebecca! You were very loving yet insightful. I hope my post comes across in the same way. {Don’t hold your breath!;-}

    • My two oldest sons were both baptized in our church at age 11. Wonderful faithful young men. My oldest did very well and is a Senior and will graduate this year. My next is a junior, age 16. He is quite bright and was put in all the advanced classes. He would come home with some wordly ideas and notions and we would be able to talk about them and he could see they were wrong. Since though, he is taking more and more of what the teachers say to heart. He now calls himself an atheist. His answer is always, “My teacher said….”
      This is when I pulled my 3 youngest out of Public school as fast as possible. He has and continues to fight my choice to pull them out of public school. He constantly tells them they won’t get a good educations, that they will be behind. He has become a thorn in our home. It is all quite sad.

      • Becky, I am so thankful for your comment. I am so sorry for what you are experiencing with your son. I can only imagine that – that is difficult for you. I will pray for your son and for you. I pray that God will open his heart, but continue to love Him through you…. Sometimes providing current statistics helps, but I’m not sure that will help here. I will pray that the thron becomes a beautiful rose, that his eyes and heart will be open. My husband and I are both prodigals….God brought us back into His arms from depths that many never return from. Never lose hope, remember where your strength and joy are from and if you ever need prayer, please know that I am here.

  2. We just watched this documentary tonight. It made me so very, very thankful that not only are we homeschooling our children but that my husband and I were homeschooled as well. There is some pretty scary stuff in there. I am guessing the book goes into even more detail. I would love to see all my friends watch or read IndoctriNation. People need to wake up!

  3. Thanks for letting us know about this book and documentary Rebecca! I appreciate your comments and am so thankful everyday that we have the freedom to educate our children in our home! Keep up the great work!

  4. Such an enlightening book…there is just soooo much that could be said about it and quoted from it! Great review!

  5. Now I really want to watch the documentary and read the book. It sounds pretty intense. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful insights into the book.

    • It is intense – a lot to read – consider and research. Truly could be the answer to so Manu issues we are facing in society today-it goes that deep….

  6. Rebecca, You have done a great job in writing this review out of love and concern for others. I have watched the movie, but have not read the book. I am definitely going to add it to my “to read” list. I wish every Christian who had kids in public school would really take an objective look at it. I know so many people who feel that their children/schools are immune to these issues, but I think they are just so far into it that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

    Great Job getting this out there!

  7. Sadly, you are right. School is not the same now at all.