The DVD arrived in the mail,and I was very excited to watch it as a family. I soon discovered I did not want my son to overhear some of the subject matter that was included in this film, so we had to stop it. The fact that this is the same subject matter he would be exposed to in a public school setting, with out my ability to simply press stop, greatly disturbs me, and makes me even more thankful for the right and ability to homeschool. A few hours later, I sat down with my fiance to watch the film alone, and we found ourselves frequently pausing it while we discussed what we had just seen. I will say, my original thoughts on this film were changed by the end. I originally thought this film was largely speculation or conspiracy theory, or at the most a handful of examples that were not representational of the country as a whole. By the end I realized, it is not conspiracy theory, it is not a small sampling, it is not hog wash....No my friends, it is what is happening in schools today. It has been happening for a while now, but now it's really out of hand.
Another segment showed the large number of kids being medicated. When kids can't be kids, and they must be miniature adults, we have a big problem. Now, I'm not saying there aren't those who need medication. My son does. He has autism and a severe impulse control issue as a result. He needs certain medications to function in a safe manner. But, all too often there are kids who just have a lot of energy being made into zombies. This segment showcased that. So, I began to wonder how bad it really is? What I discovered made my heart sad. Did you know there are several schools that do not allow kids to run and play on the playground? There are school districts that do not even allow for a recess period! Parents are so "sue happy" that kids can't play tag, or hide and seek, or swing in swings because the dear little angels may break an arm, and then Mom and Dad are going to sue the school for neglect. How insane is that?! Kids are kids, let them run! Let them play! Let them get out their energy! I found out that my local school districts do not allow running on the play ground, and kids must speak with inside voices on the play ground. If I say I find that offensive, will the rule change? Where is the ACLU for these kids? Do they not have a right to play tag?
I really like the irony the film maker uses with a school bus as the main "mascot" of the film. He, along with his homeschooling family, set out on a filmmaking journey across the USA in a school bus, to create a film about public schools. The film gives the statistics of how many school buses are in use today, and how many children they carry to public schools each day. He says the school bus is the tool that is driving our children away from Jesus. At the end of the film, we watch the school bus as it is destroyed. This is symbolic of his family's choice to homeschool, to not allow the public system to pull their children away from their faith.
I also like how the filmmaker doesn't bash the public school system. He gives a fair debate at the beginning, before pointing out the many flaws from his perspective, and backing that opinion with direct interviews and evidence. I also REALLY like the fact that he makes it a point to have the film say that public school families love their children as much as homeschool families or private school families.
The overall point to this film was to showcase the anti-Christianity that has overtaken the school system, and how that could lead to your child losing his or her faith in the long run. But I think it goes much deeper than that. I saw in this film, an institution that is so caught up with not offending on any level that we are developing a generation of doormats that blindly follow, with out questioning. I see an institution that is causing our kids to learn of mature topics much sooner than their emotional ages intend, and teaching them that these behaviors that go against the very grain of their religious foundation are to be embraced and accepted. I see an institution that is in great need of repair.
**Sorry this was more of a rant than a review. IndoctriNation created such emotion within me, I had to share it. That means it is a thought provoking, emotion inciting film that you should watch-If for no other reason than so you can be well informed to give your children the tools they need to protect themselves.**