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New IndoctriNation website in the works!

We released our documentary film almost a year and a half ago and what a ride it has been!

We won Best Documentary and Runner Up to Best of Festival at the 2012 San Antonio Independent Film Festival, have had our DVD picked up by dozens of retailers, have screened the film in numerous conventions, churches, homes and other facilities, we published a 374-page companion book, and have been blessed to read countless emails from people all over the world telling us about the impact our message has had on them. Here’s the most recent:

My husband and I just watched your movie Indoctrination last night and have been overwhelmingly convicted to not send our children to school. We have a 4 year old, 2 year old and a 6 month old so far and we have been agonizing over the decision of where to school our children. Our minds are made up now! We will be home schooling our children. Thank you for making God’s massage so clear as to our responsibility as parents to educate our children ourselves. — Janet, Ontario, Canada

This year, as we get ready to embark on a new season of homeschooling conventions, we are developing a new website for the IndoctriNation Project that will aim at equipping the saints, as it were, to continue to do the work of the ministry. The new site is being built more as a resource for homeschool evangelism (grassroots advocacy), than a movie or book website. Here are some of the exciting features we will be offering:

  • A free, 30-minute web version of the film to share with friends
  • The ability to watch the full-length film online
  • An interactive map with events and screenings
  • An easy way to host a screening or book club
  • Testimonial videos from parents, students, teachers, pastors, and others
  • An Education Manifesto to sign and share with friends and pastors, and
  • An integrated social media platform, among other things.

We think of IndoctriNation as a movement, not merely a movie.

Would you be willing to upload a video of yourself and/or someone in your family, giving testimony of why you are not part of the public school system in 60 seconds or less?

Here’s a sneak-peak at our new design.

IndoctriNation copy 2

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.

First Reviews on Amazon

Our new IndoctriNation book is now on Amazon and the reviews are starting to come in. Here are some of the more interesting comments.

HAROLD (PA): Because of various influences from outside the education system that have taken hold in our nation’s schools such as Humanism, Evolution, Modern Day Psychology, Atheism, and others our nation’s young people are being subjected to teaching that is contrary to what many parents and individuals believe or want their children to be taught. It is said that ignorance is bliss and well most parents are ignorant of what their children are really being taught in their schools which makes ignorance much more than bliss…it makes it dangerous and even deadly. By deadly I mean what is being taught and not being taught in our schools as well as what is happening within our nation’s schools to young people are causing a number of students to either kill themselves or to go to the school to shoot and kill as many people as they possibly can before they kill themselves. And this is a needless and terrible tragedy.

HAELIE (LA): I had a very hard time with this book. Just being honest. Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity is a companion book to the DVD by the same title. I have watched it and it is just as disturbing as the book. Disturbing, however is not bad. In this book and accompanying DVD, the filmmakers and editor have compiled a combination of first-hand interviews and article/book excerpts into one vast resource regarding the history and state of public education in America. Learning more about the history of American public education was quite enlightening to me…and disturbing as well.

TONY (WV): I’m always leery of the book version of a film, especially documentaries and other nonfictional media, mostly because the “novelization” tends to rehash the same ground that I just covered in the movie. But every once in a while, the book proves to be the perfect complement the filmmakers promised. Indoctrination is just such a book: relevant, readable and revealing.

SHAUN (MN): Prior to beginning IndoctriNation, I hadn’t seen the film. Fortunately I had an opportunity to watch the film as I was making my way through the book. While the book is fine as a standalone resource, it’s like trying to drink from a firehose. If you’re going to read the book, I strongly recommend that you watch the film first, so you’ll be better equipped to understand the context of how each chapter relates to the message of the documentary. If you have kids or grandkids, who are currently in the public school system or will be soon, I strongly encourage you to see the film and then read the book. If you are a part of the public education system or have friends and family who are, all of you should strongly consider watching the film and reading the book.

DAVE (ID): Much of what this book shared was new to me in terms of the history of how public education in America came into being, but it should be seriously considered by others because as the authors trace the history of public education they reveal that it has roots not in the Bible but rather in secular thought. Finally this book is important because it not only reveals why American children are having so many issues with learning, but also that what they are learning in schools today is anti-American and against the Judeo-Christian foundations America was founded upon.

When you read the book, please consider writing a short review on Amazon.

The Story of Home Education in Georgia

If you were home educated, or home educate your children, please take a few minutes to listen to the history of how home education became legal in the state of Georgia the early 1980’s. The story is inspiring and is both a testament to God’s providence and to the faithfulness of a Christian father who wanted to educate his children at home, in the love and admonition of the Lord. That man was my father, and by God’s grace He used him in a mighty way to help shape our State’s current education laws to accept home education as a valid right and option for parents. If not for him, and other men and women like him, things may have been much different – both for myself and for you and your children as well. And for that you and I should be deeply grateful.

I will forever be indebted to my parents for the faithfulness and courage that they exhibited in embracing their biblical responsibility to train up their children in the instruction of the Lord. The challenges that early home education parents faced were numerous, and my parents were no exception. Parents in those times were often faced with legal challenges, condemned as societal pariah’s, ostracized by family and friends, and yet they remained faithful. They paved the way for a new generation of home educators, like myself, to be able to enjoy the blessing of walking alongside our children as they grow and learn.

So please take a few minutes and learn some Georgia history and how God’s providence reigns supreme, regardless of who is in office. And how faithful men stand up for truth and righteousness.
Isaac Weathers

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.

Hear Colin Gunn on Word of Truth!

IndoctriNation director, Colin Gunn, was recently interviewed by Pastor Brad Brandon of Word of Truth, a popular talk show in the Twin Cities!

You can listen to the broadcast here. Colin’s interview starts at the 22:36 minute mark.

The Christian Post features article about ‘IndoctriNation’!

‘IndoctriNation’ Film: Public Schools Are the Cause of Christianity’s Decline

By Jeff Schapiro | Christian Post Reporter

Christian documentary filmmaker Colin Gunn chose a yellow school bus to represent the impact of public schools on students and society in his new film, “IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America.”

Read the rest of the article at The Christian Post.

New Film Challenges Anti-Christian ‘IndoctriNation’ in Public Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gregg Wooding, I Am PR, 972-567-7660, gregg@iampronline.com

WACO, Texas, Oct. 12, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — As the 2012 presidential race begins to draw public attention, a new film seeks to bring education to the forefront of public debate. ‘IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America,’ a documentary that explores the origins and social impact of America’s public school system, will be released on DVD October 18, followed by public screenings in select cities across the US. The controversial film has sparked debate among Christians and atheists over the roles of faith, and government in education.

Recent news coverage has highlighted the controversy of several presidential candidates who will seek to dismantle the US Department of Education if elected, a goal shared by Ronald Reagan but abandoned by the Republican Party in recent years.

“People are starting to wake up to the damaging effects of a government controlled education monopoly,” says ‘IndoctriNation‘ co-director, Colin Gunn, a Scotland-born filmmaker living in Texas. He continues, “We now are facing all these problems in America – high taxation, welfare dependency, government debt – and as Christians and conservatives we have to see we can’t solve those problems until we solve the public schooling problem.”

Gunn, a homeschool father of eight, asserts that school problems go much deeper than Federal involvement in education. Last summer, he took a road trip across the USA in a yellow school bus, along with co-director Joaquin Fernandez and the Gunn family, recording interviews for ‘IndoctriNation.’ He spoke with teachers, administrators, parents, evangelical leaders, and other whistleblowers who gave insight into the complex political, economic, and moral problems with America’s educational system.

IndoctriNation‘ has garnered support from Christian ministries and influential leaders. MOVIEGUIDE® founder, Dr. Ted Baehr, gives his endorsement, saying, “‘IndoctriNation‘ is an extremely important movie. Every church in America should show [it].”

“Every Christian parent with a child in a government school should see this,” says Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor.

John Taylor Gatto, former New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year, has long been an outspoken critic of government schools and is featured in the film. Gatto asks candidly, “Is there an idea more radical in the history of the human race than turning your children over to total strangers who you know nothing about, and having those strangers work on your child’s mind?”

Since a large majority of Christian children attend a public school, Gunn will seek to reach their families when the film is shown at screenings sponsored by churches and individuals who are concerned about the effects of public education on today’s youth.

Colin Gunn is an award-winning producer, director, and accomplished animator. Originally from Hamilton, Scotland, Gunn is now a US citizen and lives in Waco, Texas with his wife and eight children.

More information about the ‘IndoctriNation‘ film and public screenings can be found at www.indoctrinationmovie.com.

Media interested in interviews with Colin Gunn should contact Gregg Wooding of I Am PR: 972-567-7660/ gregg@iampronline.com