I don’t often write about books I’ve read or movies I’ve watched–I actually don’t watch many movies. I have a hard time sitting still that long. That said, if I am writing about something I read or watched, you can be certain that it had a big impact on me.
This post is about something I watched that not only got my attention, it got me fired up. It also made me wish I had been able to view this video before I became a parent of school age children.
Now, I must start this with a disclaimer. I sometimes struggle with thinking that every person should follow the same protocol when it comes to educating children. I also am fully aware that there are exceptions to every scenario and that the public school system doesn’t “ruin” every Christian kid who goes through its paces. I also realize that there are strong Christian teachers within many public school districts who truly care about the children they are teaching. So please, do not send me hate mail or unfriend me on Facebook simply because I may be writing things that you do not agree with.
Okay. That’s done. Now, onto the meat of this entry.
I am a new grandma. Fairly new. Our precious grandson is nearly six months old now. His mommy and daddy are great parents! His daddy works hard in order to allow his mommy, my daughter, to stay at home with their son full time. They make sacrifices to that order as well. They have one car in order to save paying insurance on a second car–that would often just sit in the driveway anyway. They seldom eat out, choosing instead to cook meals at home. Their date nights, when grammy and grandpa get the baby, are not spent at movies or fancy restaurants. Instead, they go skateboarding or walk through a park. They both believe it is best for their son to have his mommy home with him. They are on the same page when it comes to how they want their son to be educated as well. They have already decided to homeschool him. His mommy was homeschooled for several years. Not that she struggled in school, at least not what one would consider typical struggle. She did fall victim to the No Child Left Behind act but in the reverse form than most. You see, she was very bright and caught on to concepts quickly. She was independent and had interests she wanted to pursue. The public school system didn’t allow that, especially the high school where she would have to attend. They operate on a block schedule. That means students only have four classes per day and they are somewhere around eighty minutes long. The problem with a schedule like that, at least for our daughter, is it left a lot of wasted time (and boredom) when she “got” the concept in the first ten minutes, but the teacher needed to make sure that all twenty students in the class “got” it as well. Our bright, well-adjusted daughter went from loving learning to hating it! School became a miserable existence for her. She had been homeschooled prior to high school and ended up finishing high school at home.
Last week, after some medical issues forced me to rest for several days, I popped in a video I had ordered. Its title is “Indoctrination”. It’s a documentary, narrated by Colin Gunn, on the public school system in America. And it was unbelievable. I was riveted to my screen for the full one hundred minutes of the video. Mr. Gunn is actually from Scotland. He and his wife homeschool their children. He buys a school bus (for the irony) and travels to several states, interviewing teachers and parents. He examines curriculum and gives hard facts to swallow about what children actually learn while in school.
Now, if you are reading this and you don’t believe in God or you don’t call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, then none of what I write here applies to you. Of course you would have no problem sending your children to government run schools. It’s how you were most likely educated and you probably turned out just fine.
BUT, if you do believe in God and you do call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, then everything in this video pertains to you and to your children. Mr. Gunn gives statistics revealing how many Christian kids walk away from their faith soon after high school. The number is staggering. He makes the point, though, that parents should not be surprised when this happens. After all, if your third grader is being taught that two men can marry because love should be for all (and he is being taught this for sure), even though you may tell him the opposite, eventually, after years of hearing his third grade teacher’s words validated with only you and maybe a youth leader disagreeing, there is a string likelihood that your child will think you are the one in the wrong. How can so many teachers and peers be wrong? One of the most eye opening moments for me was when Mr. Gunn interviewed a second grade teacher. She point blank told him that parents have NO idea what really goes on at school. In fact, one school district, after learning of several teens getting pregnant, decided to hand out condoms to students as young as fourth grade. Mr. Gunn asked what would happen if a parent objected. The superintendent of that district said that parents don’t need to know and even if they called to say they wanted their child exempt from this, it didn’t matter…the school did not have to listen to parents. Seriously? Last I knew, a parent gave birth to that child and that child is their responsibility.
Except parents have abdicated that responsibility to the government schools.
Mr. Gunn talked about how our founding fathers were mostly educated at home and many of them would be astounded if they could come back and be told that parents now send their little ones of to some stranger for an entire day, five days a week, nine months a year. Hitler once said if he could control the schools, he could control the country. You have ideas and agendas for your children—for them to be educated. The government also has ideas and agendas for your children; however, they may not line up with yours.
I could go on and on about this, but I won’t. Instead, I would encourage you, if you are a Christian parent, to watch this documentary. It WILL step on your toes. It WILL reveal things you probably have no idea goes on. It WILL break your heart at times. It WILL anger you. Hopefully, it will get you thinking about your own children. What choices have you made for them and are those choices really the best? Regardless of where you stand on the idea of homeschooling and private schools, this is a MUST watch for every Christian parent.