IndoctriNation is a wonderful book that accompanies a movie by the same title detailing the anti-Christian thought and dangers of America's public education system. This book pulls together a wealth of knowledge from 28 different contributors. These contributors range from former principals/teachers to pastors to seminary professors and anyone in between. Despite all of these different backgrounds the book has one common theme: to alert Christians of the dangers of a pagan school system that is anything but neutral.
There is far too much information in this book to comment on it all, but I would like to point out some chapters that were very powerful to me. Chapters 2 and 3 together were very profound for me. The information presented was not necessarily new, but as a homeschool dad it was definitely affirming to why I homeschool. In Chapter 2 Dr. Bruce Shortt documents the "Drugging Up" of children in public schools. This is a serious problem with boys, who are easily labeled with ADHD and then drugged so that they sit like a zombie in the classroom. No longer are boys allowed to act like boys, instead they are expected to not be active or fidgety, such acts are surely a sign of ADHD and according to the public system needs to be treated with drugs. Chapter 3 continues with the attempts to modify children, this time with their minds and knowledge. Instead of expecting High School graduates to be able to read and write and have basic comprehension skills, the system is set up to push all kids through at almost any cost.
Chapter 4 and the letters by Sarah LaVerdiere in Appendix D present a good example of what happens if a teacher decides to place their faith at front and center of their lives while teaching in a public school system. Mrs. LaVerdiere was forced to resign in 2010 because of "concerns that [her] Christian views would influence the students and their parents." Influence a child with the theory of evolution and all types of anti-God though to where they no longer believe in a creator: PERFECTLY FINE! Try to do the opposite: GET OUT OF OUR CLASSROOM!
Voddie Baucham's chapter on whose responsibility it is to educate your child is outstanding. I have always loved Pastor Baucham's views on the public school system and this chapter is a great introduction to how he reasons through this using Scripture. The simple fact is that if a student spends over 14,000 hours seated in public classrooms the parents a fighting an uphill and extremely difficult battle in trying to dismantle all of the anti-Christian thought that is being implanted in their child's mind. Simply put: There is a better choice...an education that finds its foundation in the Word of God.
I could continue, but I think I have made my point. This book is an eye-opening compilation of essays from people from across the Christian community in all walks of life that desire for this and future generations of Christians to be brought up with a Christian worldview for all of life, including their education. I pray that all parents would give this book a series read and prayerfully weigh the risks of sending their children into a public school system that denies God exists.
I received a free copy of this book from Master Books, A Division of New Leaf Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.