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