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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Indoctrination in Public Schools

Organized schooling in America started as a Christian endeavor, but public schools have been thoroughly secularized. Even the most basic rules needed for a civil society, as advocated by the Ten Commandments, have been tossed out of schools. A new book of essays called Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity, edited by Charles LaVerdiere, tells how it happened, contending that our public school system "has become resolutely hostile to Christianity and to this country's founding principles." This book, which is a collection of essays, suggests that sending children to public schools is a mistake. As the nationally known teacher John Taylor Gatto writes, "Is there an idea more radical in the human race than turning your children over to total strangers whom you know nothing about, and having those strangers work on your child's mind, out of your sight for a period of 12 years?"

The materials in this book called Indoctrination show how public schools attack Christian values in favor of a humanistic worldview, moral relativism, and situation ethics. One of these essays reports that 70% of children of evangelicals leaves the church by the end of their freshman year in college. Is there an alternative? Yes, 90% of homeschool students "remain in faith through college."

This book called Indoctrination is mainly focused on what public schools do to students' Christian faith, but the book offers many other reasons to homeschool, such as the public schools' poor academic record, high dropout rates, school violence, and overuse of psychotropic drugs.

This would be a useful book for any parent who has a child in public schools or is thinking about homeschooling. It's called Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity.

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