I am thrilled to deliver you this review of Indoctrination by Great Commission Films. My husband and I first watched this DVD several years ago. At the time, this DVD was buzzing with both acclamation and criticism, but we had to see for ourselves.
Before I begin, allow me first to share some background information on our path leading to home school. Although religious beliefs were part of our decision to home school, it in itself was not the deciding factor. We were already home schooling for preschool leading up to our decision to home school full time. During my oldest (Bookworm) Pre-K year, I began to have major pregnancy complications. Shortly after the arrival of my youngest (Nemo), we were moving to another military base in Texas. I had every intention of putting Bookworm into Kindergarten. However, because of Bookworm’s ADHD diagnosis, the school system refused to mainstream him even with a student aid. I was in utter disbelief. Like my husband says, “We do not have an issue with learning disability classes. But we know our son better than anyone. We want our son to progess and not digress.” If we followed the IEP of that school system, digress is exactly what Bookworm would have done because of his future diagnosis of Aspergers. During this time, my husband was deployed to Iraq again. I wrote him and asked what I should do. He said the answer is simple. You’re going to home school and so our journey began. If you know me then you know I am a tireless researcher. I was shocked to learn of the direction that public schools were heading. Indoctrination was becoming more apparent in these schools. Looking back at my years in public school, indoctrination had always been there. I just had no idea.
During Bookworm’s 1st grade year, the Army moved us to Maryland. I pre-ordered Indoctrination and were excited to watch it! When we finally received the movie, we were absolutely BLOWN away! In fact, we watched it a second time that week! When I was asked to review this movie, I was thrilled! I didn’t need a reason to watch it a third time, but this review cemented a reason either way. Besides, it had been a while since I had watched it and honestly it is a film that doesn’t get old. I learned more about indoctrination as I watched it again.
Indoctrination by Great Commission Films is produced by Colin Gunn, who also stars in the film. Colin is from Scotland but now lives in Texas. Although he attended public school, he and his wife decided to home school their children. Throughout the film Colin and his family travel around the entire country in a yellow bus that he purchased. They set out to interview people along the way about the government ran school system (aka public school).
As I listened to the interviews, I was humbled, inspired, angered, heartbroken and encouraged. I am not sure I can pick a favorite story because all of them have meaning to me. There is, however, one interview I remember above the rest. A parent of one of the victims from the Columbine shooting, Brian Rohrbough, brought me to tears. Listening to this parent talk about their 15 year old son who was shot for his faith and he wished he had not sent his son to public school was so moving. Another interview that stood out was a school teacher, Sarah LaVerdiere. It was truly amazing to me how far the school system would go to keep a teacher’s faith out of the school. As Christians WHY are we standing for this and WHY are we sending our children to institutions where faith is shut down?
As a West Virginian, I was shocked to see a principal from WV in this film. I was more shocked listening to him talk about the school system. As I stated earlier, our decision to home school was based on my child’s best interest and not so much on our Christian beliefs. As we have continued on our home school journey, it has become clear to us to steer clear of the indoctrination of the school system. I have learned so much after watching the film Indoctrination!
Colin Gunn takes you on a walk through history of the education system. He begins this walk in the 1800’s so that he can show how it all began and how it all changed over the course of time. If you have not watched this film I urge you to watch it! What you see and will learn will break your heart, shock you, make you angry, but it will also open your eyes. I have become more passionate about home schooling and somewhat of a home school advocate. Though our journey began with the needs of Bookworm, we have continued home schooling our younger two boys, also.
I have had so many people ask me when I am going to send my kids to school. I have had people tell me I am sheltering my kids. I have also had people tell me as we have moved around the country for the military that we need to pick houses in only good school districts “because you never know.” I also have heard from Christians that I need to send my kids to school so that they can “be the salt and light.” This film discusses these questions and many more questions you have been asked or will hear at some point if you are currently home schooling or will home school. However, my all time favorite criticism of my decision to home school my kids is “your kids won’t learn social skills.” I laugh every time I hear this. Children learn to socialize from their parents and other adults, not other 7-year old children.
I encourage all to watch this film even if you are not home schooling and your kids are in public or private school. You will want to know the information that is put out by Great Commission Films in the DVD Indoctrination. This film has been ground breaking in teaching me WHY God has called me to the mission of home schooling my children. It is a must see.
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