IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity is the latest book that the Moms of MasterBooks is reviewing, and it accompanies the movie of the same name.
This book was a tough one for me to read. It is a radical cry for Christians to yank their children from Public Schools, and homeschool them.
If you’ve been around here for a little while, you’ll know that I homeschooled my son for the last two years and we just enrolled him in Public School this Fall. It was NOT my choice to do so, and I really struggled with it for a number of reasons.
That being said, I see him thriving in school. I do wish the school day wasn’t quite so long, but there you have it.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you. We went through a good month where there was nothing but discord and anger in our house (on my part) once this decision for his schooling was made. But through that terrible period, I heard God whispering to me to Trust Him. Over and over I heard His voice. My son is not MY son. He is God’s son that I have been given to raise and care for for however long God deems it. As much as I love my son, God loves him much more than I ever could.
But this post isn’t supposed to be about me, it’s supposed to be about the book.
Some parts of it hurt my heart. The introduction was written by a father whose son was killed in the horrors of the Columbine shootings.
The issues addressed in this book ARE ones that parents should be aware of and ready to stand against.
The ADD/ADHD issue? We’re aware of it. I know that it’s over-diagnosed. We have yet to hear anything about it in regards to our son, but that has been one of my fears. I told my husband that I do NOT believe in medicating as a method of classroom-management. That is where I absolutely put my foot down, and he agrees with me.
I grew up being taught the Big Bang Theory and Evolution as fact, not a theory, and then went to Sunday School and learned how God created the world.
I think as Christian parents, we need to be on top of these things, and address them with our children.
IndoctriNation includes commentary and even the resignation letters of Christian teachers in a Public School. Quite honestly, I don’t agree with Robert Ziegler’s method. He ended up being fired from the school system because he wouldn’t stop teaching the kids about Christ. He was very proud of his decision to stand up for Christ and not to stop teaching just because the school system asked him to.
You know, I would rather have teachers that are on fire for Christ IN my kids’ schools PRAYING for them and encouraging them. Even if they can’t teach about Christ outright, at least they can be there to support the kids. Right? Or is that just me?
I was hoping to find some suggestions from this book about HOW to give our children a strong Biblical worldview as we send them to school. Instead, the answer is to remove them completely from Public Schools.
What about this excerpt?
Let’s face the truth. Nearly every school, everywhere, is being influenced by secularism – even Christian schools. Where do most Christian school teachers get their teaching degrees? From secular colleges, of course. Do we think they can somehow avoid being influenced by their teachers? Let’s not fool ourselves. Schools have problems.
And then, a few paragraphs down….
The reason we should homeschool our children is not as a reaction to a failing system, or because of our dislike of institutionalized learning, or especially in retaliation for a falling out with the teachers or administrators in a certain school. We should home educate simply out of obedience to a biblical principal……….Don’t homeschool for negative reasons. Do it out of simple obedience to God.
What about those of us that God calls to trust Him? You can’t truly believe that He calls EVERY Christian family to homeschool?
Even when I was homeschooling, I didn’t believe that homeschooling was for EVERY single person out there. And NOT homeschooling doesn’t make you any less of a Christian.
I have the feeling this topic is going to spark quite the conversation at this Thursday night’s Book and a Bite Facebook Party (8 PM CST).
Please be respectful of others, and remember that just because God called YOU to do something, doesn’t mean that He has called everybody else to do that same thing.
In that same vein, YOU cannot change another person or even the way that they think – only God can do that. Pray for them, okay?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.