“IndoctriNation” is a feature length documentary film that takes the audience on a panoramic exploration of one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind, the issue of education.
Traveling all over America with his family in a big yellow school bus and conducting a series of candid conversational interviews, Colin Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker, actor, and homeschool father of seven children living in Texas, is on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system
Working with Collin Gun and Joaquin Fernandez on IndoctriNation opened my eyes to many troubling aspects of government education. There are brilliant educators in the classrooms of America and administrators who care deeply for their students. However, pressure is increasing from those who would reshape our nation according to their own image to use the curriculum of the classroom to indoctrinate young minds.
According to IndoctriNation, the system is broken. At its core, it denies faith in anything except secular humanism. While professing that every child is precious, the system attempts to educate by formula, not taking into account the individual brilliance or challenge that is within each student. In effect it is designed to create compliant workers instead of forward-thinking leaders.
I have family members who work in public education. For some children, a good teacher is their best hope of rescue from a wasteland of ignorance, poverty, and hopelessness. Think about your own education. Which teachers influenced you? They were the exception, the ones who ignored the rules, were they not? And there are a lot more rules today.
This is a film I would recommend to anyone. Regardless of your experience and opinion of public education IndoctriNation will challenge you to think a great many things. You might wrestle with all it puts forward. You might even get mad at it. But, as any good documentary must do, it creates an awareness of the issues surrounding a complex subject.
Today we are making decisions regarding our own children’s schooling. Because of IndoctriNation, we will not adopt a common, naïve, and disconnected view of their education.
Because of IndoctriNation I am more aware of the world our children face every day.
Because of that, I am a better father.