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Though an increasing number of Christians are choosing to homeschool their children, the debate over the best educational option for our kids still rages on. Some argue that Christian children need to be kept in public schools, along with teachers who are Christians, for the purposes of evangelism and “reclaiming” the educational system.
Other Christians, however, see danger and dichotomy in such a scheme, leading some to call for a mass exodus from public schools. Which of these points of view is correct? Or does the truth lie somewhere in between? In IndoctriNation, filmmaker Colin Gunn sets out to find the answer via an unusual road trip that takes him and his young family across the country on a tour of the public education system.
As a native of Scotland, Gunn has a unique, fresh perspective on the United States and its government-controlled public education that makes him the perfect man for the job of uncovering the truth behind American education. Taking the wheel of an old yellow school bus, Gunn transports his family and viewers to places and individuals pivotal to the condition of modern public education and determining the biblical response.
The most startling and impactful moments of the film come in Gunn’s interviews with Christians who experienced public schools as students and other believers who teach in the public school system. These interviews are compelling in the raw honesty of the subjects who speak of the struggles to make a difference in an oppressive environment and of the appalling reality of the education that actually takes place at schools, unbeknownst to parents.
As the film progresses, Gunn leaves little to no doubt that IndoctriNation, this documentary’s title, is no exaggeration. This conclusion is not reached through personal opinions alone, however, but rather through an adherence to Scripture. Gunn and Christian thinkers such as R.C. Sproul, Jr., Erwin Lutzer, Ken Ham, and Col. John Eidsmoe highlight what God, through the Bible, has to say about children’s education, the family’s role in education (versus the government’s role), and the Christian response to the current state of public education.
As relevant, Gunn also retraces the history of public education in America. Never boring, these creatively presented history lessons reveal more surprising truths that show how schools got where they are today and expose a crucial error in the idea of “taking back” the public schools.
Even viewers who are normally bored by documentaries will find this one worth watching thanks to its controversial topic and excellent production quality. A raw, modern documentary filming style is mixed with well-lit interviews and clever editing that keeps the interest level high at all times. Gunn periodically throws in the unexpected, as does the editor, so viewers never know exactly what’s going to happen next and, therefore, stay engaged.
Since the majority of Christian children in America still attend public schools, this hard-hitting documentary is one of the most pertinent to our times. While all viewers can benefit from watching Indoctrination, the film is an absolute must-see for any parent with a child in public school. If you love your children and care about the people they become, watch IndoctriNation.