IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America DVD{Review}


If our intention is to honor God and His son then we must remove our children from the public schools!

-The Honorable Howard Phillips

IndoctriNation Review

Families choose to homeschool for many different reasons, but we all have one thing in common- we want what is best for our children.

IndoctriNation, presented by Great Commission Films, is the story/documentary of one man’s search for the answer to one of today’s biggest educational questions…

Should we protect our children by withdrawing them from public schools or should we leave them in the system to try to influence the schools for the better?

Every day 26 million children go to a government-run public school. 90% of Christians are among the parents of those children.

I went to a public school. I was drinking by 14, pregnant at 15 and a full time smoker before I graduated.

Why I willingly put my first two children in public school is beyond me. The year we decided to pull the kids from the system my son was in 6th grade and my daughter was in 2nd. Deciding to homeschool was hands-down the best decision I’ve ever made where my children are concerned.

In public schools, your children are guaranteed to be exposed to:

  • Sexual sin
  • Knowledge of abortion
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Violence

Scottish filmmaker Colin Gunn interviews many people from pastors to scientists to administrators in the film. In one segment, his wife interviewed a young Christian lady who just graduated high school. The teen tells a sobering tale of all she encountered in her schooling career. She was a good kid with involved parents but unfortunately, she still learned and witnessed everything from drugs and alcohol to guns in school, sex talks… the list goes on and on. And to make things worse, she went to one of the good schools in her state.

88% of Christian children who attend public school leave the church after they graduate, never to return.

A big reason we pulled the kids from the system was that my son needs one on one attention that he just wasn’t getting. He was failing math and they were moving him on to the 7th grade. That is exactly why 79% of students have to take remedial English and/or math upon entering college.


My son also gets distracted easily. He’s a mover, very tactile and to those who seek to learn the different learning styles, he is knows as a kinesthetic learner. Had he been left in the system he may have been categorized as a boy with ADD. He suffers from no such thing.

“The ideal male in an American classroom is one who sits still and behaves without showing signs of his own masculinity. Unforunately, those who don’t fit that description are quickly “diagnosed” and fed medication. These behavior-altering drugs are pushed and prescribed like candy. No one knows the long-term effects of them on young and developing minds.”

Some claim that children should be left in the system to be “salt and light” in the dark world. However, did you know that they are forbidden by law to publicly and clearly state that Jesus Christ is Lord? It will get them thrown out of the school- whether student, teacher or administrator.

I watched the film twice. I watched it with my mother (who homeschools my younger siblings) and I watched it a second time with my two oldest children (13 and 16). All of us were blown away at how much we learned about the founding of the public school and how very, very far it has fallen.

By watching the film you will learn:

  • How and why the first public school came about
  • Where the government-controlled public school curriculum came from
  • At that point faith in Jesus Christ became an anomaly, being frowned upon and eventually extradited from public schools all together
  • How age-based classes and grades became what defines a kid’s intelligence


My absolute favorite quote from the film:

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 children’s mind, out of your sight, for a period of 12 years? … If you proposed that back in Colonial America, they’d have burned you at the stake!

–John Taylor Gatto, former New York State Teacher of the Year

I am amazed at the amount of good, useful information given in this documentary. It is a must see for any Christian with children in the public school system. This film will change the way you see it.

Watch a brief trailer of the film below.

IndoctriNation is available for $19.95. There are also a book with 376 pages of research and commentary that would not fit in the 102 minute documentary available for $14.95. Or, you can get the two together for $24.95.

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