Monday, February 23, 2015

IndoctriNation DVD

I had the privilege of reviewing a DVD for Great Commission Films entitled, IndoctriNation. This DVD focuses on the public school system and the decline of Christianity in America.

Born in Scotland, Colin Gunn, a dedicated husband and father of seven, homeschools his children. He and his family traveled across the United States in a yellow school bus on a mission to investigate the impact that the modern public educational system has impacted the education of our children. 

In this documentary, Colin Gunn sets out to find the answers to many questions: 

  • What exactly are the origins of the American public educational system?
  • How do public schools handle other religions in comparison to Christianity? 
  • Can the changes that have been implemented through the centuries be fixed? 
Colin Gunn did an amazing job of portraying the ongoing crisis that exists in the public educational system. He interviewed notable individuals such as Ken Hamm, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Erwin Lutzer. I found Colin's history of education, chronicled from the 1600's to the present day, extremely fascinating. It was very interesting to hear his perspective regarding the evolution of education, the birth of the government educational system, and compulsory education.  I saw both the subtle and dramatic changes throughout history that brought us to our current educational system. The changes in our educational system are both eye opening and disheartening. 

How did we go from this?

To this?

To now hearing such statements as this:

"Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans," Sen. Leno said in a statement to CNN News. (July 15, 2011)

The public educational system and Christianity are about as far away from each other as Christianity and Atheism. Both teachers and students are put on trial and tested for their faith. Christians are not free to express their belief in God, or to proclaim His name. 

In Acts 4, Peter and John are brought before the Sanhedrin for proclaiming God's name and in verse 18 it says: 

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  

One teacher that Colin Gunn interviewed, stated that he was fired and accused of insubordination, unprofessionalism, and neglect. These accusations came about because he spoke of God's name. This particular teacher was told that if he would stop saying the name of Jesus in the classroom, he could continue teaching. If he refused, he would be terminated. 

A student valedictorian had the microphone muted while she was openly talking about her faith during commencement. 

Matthew 5:13 says:

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

So many use the argument that if we remove all Christians from the public schools, then we are, in essence, removing the salt and the light to those who need to hear it. One can hardly be salt and light to the world if one's faith has to be placed in a box and checked at the door. Our one purpose on earth is to bring glory to the Lord and share His truth. If we cannot even utter His name during school hours, we are denying the Lord His due praise. On the flip side, the views of radicals, homosexuals, and atheists are fully accepted and they can openly speak and teach their views. 

John Taylor Gatto, another educator that was interviewed, said that the public education system was and is confining, based on a rigid class system. Education, in and of itself, is not bad but schooling is. He pointed out how some of the greatest minds of our times were taught outside of the school setting and made a huge impact on history. Today many students are passed through the system, year after year, whether curriculum is mastered or standards are met. Public education focuses on teaching "the test" instead of teaching curriculum outside of the test. 

3 John 1:4 says, 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

How can our children walk in the truth if they have to silence their faith at the school door? How can our children walk in the truth if at school they are being taught ideologies that are completely opposite of what is taught to be true at home and at church? How do we expect our children to grow in their faith, when five days a week they are fighting the enemy?

Our modern education system is broken. Education reflects the influence of politics and money. Education should not be based upon how loudly the dollar speaks to those who make decisions regarding our children's education. We, in essence, are training a future generation to become servants of the state. We need to be listening to the voice of God.

At the end of the IndoctriNation DVD, Colin Gunn left parents with the statement, 

"Don't surrender to the big yellow bus."

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