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How do those words taste now, Dr. Evans?

Eleven years ago, Dennis L. Evans, Ed.D., then the director of doctoral programs in education leadership at the University of California, Irvine, wrote these words:

The isolation implicit in home teaching is anathema to socialization and citizenship. It is a rejection of community and makes the homeschooler the captive of the orthodoxies of the parents.

Dr. Evans’ argument was built mostly on teacher competence and the need for diversity and group dynamics. His theory was that home education doesn’t work because it cannot produce a socially-adept citizen who can think for him or herself. After all, Dr. Evans, was a member of the Board of Institutional Reviewers for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

But what’s of special interest to me about this is the opening sentence of the USA Today article cited above. He writes, “The popularity of home schooling, while not significant in terms of the number of children involved, is attracting growing attention from the media, which create the impression that a ‘movement’ is underway.”

Well, homeschooling is not proving to be a flash in the pan, some sensational weird fringe thing to report on for the sake of ratings. There is indeed a movement underway. The National Home Education Research Institute has a wealth of research and resources that completely disprove Dr. Evans’ and the rest of the educational establishments’ rhetoric against parent-led education.

According to Brian Ray, Ph.D., director of  NHERI, studies show quite the opposite of Dr, Evans’ predictions. He sites Professor Richard Medlin, writing in the Peabody Journal of Education, who reported the following:

This research paints a very favorable picture of homeschooled children. Compared to children attending conventional schools, they apparently have higher quality relationships both with close friends and with parents and other adults. They are happy, optimistic, satisfied with their lives, and have a positive attitude about themselves and about being homeschooled. As adolescents, they show a strong sense of social responsibility. They experience less stress and emotional turmoil and exhibit fewer problem behaviors than their peers.

Professor Medlin concludes:

Are homeschooled children acquiring the “skills, behavior patterns, values, and motivations” they need to function competently as members of society…? And the answer to that question, based on three decades of research on homeschooling, is clearly yes. Recent research, like that reviewed earlier…, gives every indication that the socialization experiences homeschooled children receive are more than adequate. In fact, some indicators-quality of friendships during childhood, infrequency of behavior problems during adolescence, openness to new experiences in college, civic involvement in adulthood-suggest that the kind of socialization experiences homeschooled children receive may be more advantageous than those of children who attend conventional schools.

Dr. Evans was wrong. The enemies of homeschooling are wrong. The enemies of God’s educational prescriptions will always be wrong. Parents are not only capable of educating their own children, they are divinely ordained and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so.

Dr. Evans closed his article with these words: “Those contemplating home teaching might heed the words of the Roman educator, Quintilian (A.D. 95). In opposing home schooling, he wrote, “It is one thing to shun schools entirely, another to choose from them.” God-fearing Christians of the time did not heed Quintillian’s words, nor should we. We ought, rather, to heed the words of his contemporary and fellow Roman citizen, Paul the Apostle:

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

Now those are words worth ingesting.

Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America

Peter WoodPeter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, has written a Report on the new AP History curriculum coming to a high school near you this Fall. According to John Aman, writing for WND, Wood calls the new AP U.S. history framework “a briefing document on progressive and leftist views of the American past,” one which “weaves together a vaguely Marxist or at least materialist reading of the key events with the whole litany of identity group grievances.”  

Aman also tells us that “Conservative author Stanley Kurtz asserts the College Board is ‘pushing U.S. history as far to the left as it can get away with at the high-school level.’ The new 124-page history curriculum is a dramatic departure from the five-page outline previously supplied by the College Board to guide AP U.S. history instructors. A much more detailed “history from below,” it focuses on how native Indians and Africans suffered at the hands of Europeans in the New World.”

Reading this reminded me of President Obama’s statement during an October 30, 2008, campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri. He said:

After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that’s taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

As we show in our film IndoctriNation, the transformation of America was planned a very long time ago and has been underway for many decades before Obama was even born. Nevertheless, it is evident to many observers that the “change we can believe in” has been taking place at an appalling speed, and it only seems to be accelerating.

American conservatives, and especially Christians, need to ask God for the discernment of “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).

We say it’s time to abandon the government’s indoctrination camps.

GOP: R.I.P.?

Cal Thomas, one of America’s most read syndicated columnists, addressing the future of the Republican Party and conservatives in general, had this to say: “If Republicans want to do something about the future, they should back a growing movement to pull children out of underperforming public schools where often their views, values, understanding of history and even faith are undermined. Home-schooling is an option.”

Increasingly, conservative commentators like Thomas are addressing this problem with the urgency that it demands. While most Republican politicians have their hearts set on capturing the White House and other centers of power, visionary conservatives will have to plan and execute a strategy that will impact generations to come. History will condemn them if they don’t.

As E. Ray Moore very insightfully said in IndoctriNation, “Christians realize that we are losing our civilization so they’re out there trying to get people elected to Office, when they’ve neglected their own sons and daughters sitting in their homes and in their churches. And I believe the Lord is not going to bless any of these efforts until we first turn back to our own children.”

Here is an excerpt from Thomas’ article:

The public school system, seemingly a “hot house” for growing new generations of secular liberals, is a failure on many levels. It makes no sense to me to put one’s children in a school system that will likely transform their minds and souls into something quite different from those of their parents.

Five Strikes and You’re Out!

Here’s a fascinating Behind the Headlines story about how—as we point out in IndoctriNation—teachers unions are not really in it “for the kids,” but are just doing what’s best for their members. Watch the video here: Behind the Headlines

How many second-chances would your boss give you if came to work drunk?  Or high on drugs?  Thought so. You’€™d be unemployed.  Most businesses today have a zero tolerance policy.

They’re a bit more lenient on public school teachers in Bay City, Michigan.  A teacher under the influence of alcohol gets a second chance.  And a third.  In fact, in accordance with the Bay City Education Association’€™s collective bargaining agreement, a teacher has to be caught five times before they can be fired.

You heard me right.  Five times!

The rules are stricter for drug use.  Just barely.  Teachers must be caught a third time in the unlawful use or possession of illegal drugs before they can be discharged. Even teachers caught dealing drugs in the classroom can’t be fired for the first offense.

[The discipline section of the collective bargaining agreement is here and the entire collective bargaining agreement is here.]

IndoctriNation wins Best Documentary Award on the Eve of Another School Tragedy

On Saturday, February 25, IndoctriNation: Public School and the Decline of Christianity in America won the Jubilee Award at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (www.saicff.org) for Best Documentary among 25 semi-finalists. IndoctriNation was also the runner-up for the $101,000 Best of Festival Grand Prize, which went to Courageous, currently the best-selling DVD in America. IndoctriNation directors Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez and co-producer Scott Eash were present to receive one of the highest honors in the Christian filmmaking community in front of 2,100 attendees from 40 states and multiple foreign countries, awarded to them the night before the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.

IndoctriNation features the emotional testimony of Brian Rohrbough who lost his son Dan during the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. “It may have taken a school shooting to wake us up, to see the danger,” Rohrbough says in the film, “but that’s a very small danger compared to all the other things that go on that can destroy our children.”

With saddening poignancy, less than 36 hours after the closing ceremony of the SAICFF, another tragic school shooting occurred.  Russell King Jr., 17, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16, died Tuesday, February 28 after having been injured in a shooting rampage in the Chardon High School cafeteria during breakfast on Monday, February 27.  Their two deaths yesterday bring the body count to three following the death of fellow student Daniel Parmertor, 16, in this Cleveland suburb – all of whom were among five students randomly shot by Thomas “TJ” Lane, the .22-caliber pistol-wielding sophomore.

“Chardon and Columbine are not isolated incidents,” said Gunn. “During the research for our documentary, we discovered, to our horror, that 400 people have been victims of government school related violence since Columbine.  But what a lot of Christian parents fail to realize is that their children are not only in danger physically, but they are in danger academically, morally and spiritually as well.”

Despite the plethora of Christian private schools and the increasingly popular option to homeschool, IndoctriNation documents that the vast majority of Christian children still attend a public school.  Gunn says “The tragedy is that Christian parents still deceive themselves to think that these things can’t happen to their child, yet every week we hear of another violent act or sexual assault in the public schools.”

Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker and home school father of eight who lives in Waco, Texas, drove an old yellow school bus with his family across America, asking questions about the origins and social impact of America’s public education system. Some of the questions he asked were “Who established the American public school system? Are kids physically and morally safe in the schools? Should Christians try to be “salt and light” there? And, can the public school system be redeemed?”

IndoctriNation features interviews with teachers including the legendary New York City and State Teacher of the Year John Taylor Gatto as well as public school administrators, students and parents. In addition, Colin provides critical biblical perspective through conversations with some of the finest Christian thinkers today including educator Samuel Blumenfeld, Col. John Eidsmoe, creationist Ken Ham, Pastor Erwin Lutzer, visionary Doug Phillips, author Bruce Shortt, theologian R.C. Sproul, Jr., and radio talk show host Kevin Swanson.

Technology Tracks Schoolbus Kids

The following is a guest post by IndoctriNation supporter, Isaac Weathers:

This story is out of Chicago and is quite startling. The Palos Heights School District 128 has implemented a new system that will enable them (the school district) to monitor and track our children in real-time.

In a bid to set parents’ nerves at ease, a southwest suburban school district has become one of the first in the state to begin using GPS to track schoolchildren riding buses to and from school each day.

Palos Heights School District 128 had previously been using ZPass, a GPS technology provided by Seattle-based Zonar Systems, to track the buses. But now the district is outfitting students’ backpacks with a luggage tag-sized unit that logs when the student steps on and off the bus.

“A little piece of mind helps you get through the day,” says Ann O’Brien, a mother of four children in Palos Heights School District 128. “They can locate kid and bus in seconds.”

Is it a good thing that we have reached a point where parents willingly allow their children to be “tagged” and tracked like animals by the government? Which of course is done for a “good cause” – so that the government can track, monitor, and protect our children!

At what point will we accept our God-given responsibility as parents to guard and protect our children, whether on a bus, at school, or at home? It’s not the government’s job to track and maintain the safety of our children, it’s ours.

I fear that we are slowly conditioning our children for the next level of government intrusion into their lives. And with every step of intrusion, a little more liberty is sacrificed, a little more freedom is lost, and a lot more of our future is put to death. It’s time for us stop ignoring the IndoctriNation that is occurring in and through the public education system in America.

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