I remember when I was growing up, I loved school. I couldn't wait to send my children to school, to be there to help them with their homework, to see them learn and grow. Fast forward many years. I did get to send my three older children to public school, and it was not the dream I was hoping for it to be. All three of my children struggled through school, and without going into any details, I just want to share that it was more of a nightmare than a dream.
Schools are not what they used to be, and my husband and I knew we wanted, no needed, to keep our young ones out of these schools. We have many reasons for homeschooling our children, and every day when I see a new headline I realize we made the correct decision, which strengthens my resolve to keep going on a stressful day. Just recently, thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given a product that once again confirmed our path. My husband and I have been viewing a powerful documentary DVD by Great Commission Films called IndoctriNation.
- We begin the journey in the 1600's, a time when lessons in the curriculum were tied to the Bible in Puritan common schools. We also see that in early America homeschooling wasn't an alternative option, but a primary way of schooling.
- It wasn't until the 1820's that there was a public high school or a government run teacher's college.
- In 1825 we see the first person hop on the bus. Robert Owen, who brought his education philosophy over from Scotland, believed that all our problems stem from religion, so children needed to be taught without religion from an early age.
- Horace Mann jumps on in 1837, and we discover that the idea of compulsory education isn't even an American idea.
- In 1848, Karl Marx came along with his Communist Manifesto.
- Of course, 1859 brought us Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.
- In 1889 G. Stanley Hall introduced age segregated, peer and grade based classrooms, which I was shocked to find out were based on evolutionary theory.
- There was a lot of psychological experimentation going on at the end of the 19th century, which did end up playing a part in the way children are taught.
- The turn of the century brought progressive, socialist education with John Dewey playing a major role.
- Around the same time 2 Christians were speaking out regarding public education being anti-Christian.
- 1925 brought the Scopes trial
- The 1960's saw the start of court cases and laws against Christianity.
- And yes, it has just gone downhill from there.
Throughout the documentary there are interviews with such influential people as John Taylor Gatto, R. C. Sproul Jr., Michael Metarko, R.C. Murray, and Ken Ham.
In light of all that I learned on this DVD, I found the following quote intriguing: