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The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Public Schools: The Alarming Findings of a Documentary Filmmaker

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Public Schools: The Alarming Findings of a Documentary Filmmaker

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“It most certainly does not take a village to raise a child, but perhaps it will take the witness of a handful of home-educated children to transform a neighborhood, a church, and a nation.”
“It most certainly does not take a village to raise a child, but perhaps it will take the witness of a handful of home-educated children to transform a neighborhood, a church, and a nation.”

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The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Public Schools

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The Alarming Findings of a Documentary Filmmaker
By Joaquin Fernandez

“The irrelevance of God is a fundamental doctrine taught in all public schools (. . .) Is the
Bible true? My science, health, and literature teachers said no. Is there design and purpose
evident in creation? My biology, chemistry, and math teachers said no. Are there absolutes?
My sex-education teacher said no and my friends said „cool.‟ Is God relevant to any subject
taught in public school? All of my teachers and all of my books said no. Consequently, every
day for twelve years the content and the context of my public schooling said there is no
God, and even if there is, He does not matter.”
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An Issue Riddled with Challenges

When making a documentary film exposing what is arguably one of the most comprehensive
and devastating offensives against the body of Christ in the history of our struggling nation,
the question “How do you eat an elephant?” takes on a whole new meaning. Add to that the
fact that the bride of Christ is actually comfortably riding the elephant, thinks it is holding
the elephant‟s reins, and will tell you that the elephant is actually part of the church‟s
responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission, and you have more than a bite-sized problem
in your hands. The elephant of public schooling has claimed a loveseat in nine out of every
ten Christian living rooms and it will take considerable effort to convince parents and church
leaders that both baby elephant and his nasty bathwater need to be thrown out.
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Together
with the 800-pound gorilla of organized teachers unions, and federal and state Departments
of Indoctrination, God-fearing believers need to abandon the “Christ-dishonoring,
academically-inferior, soul-killing, government indoctrination centers” we call public schools
for the promised land of Christian education.
3


“Modern public schooling is the wall-mounted trophy head of a formerly lionhearted
education, (. . .) a hollow shell, a stuffed charade, a glass-eyed cadaver of the once
substantive education preceding it. Public schooling is a poor imitation of true education—an
inert imposture that is rigid, posed, and dead.”
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So why do Christians embrace and
vigorously defend their involvement in the public schools? Why are pastors mostly silent
about its dangers? Why are parents apparently content with seeing their children go the
way of the Gentiles, with very little resistance? Why?

Trojan Schools

I believe the answer can be found in the story of the Trojan horse. “The crafty Odysseus
won the Trojan War for Greece by deception with the Trojan horse. An entire city was
desolated by sleight of hand, worship of a false goddess, and false security. (. . .) They
unknowingly led the enemy right into their city‟s heart, blindly trusted the enemy‟s word,
failed to do their own research and inspection, and became complacent, focused on their
own pleasures. Because of these foolish actions, they lost their children, families, city, and
lives. America is Troy; our public education system is the Trojan horse.” This interpretation
is the assessment of an insider, the elementary school principal of a Blue Ribbon
government school, not some fringe anti-government conspiracy theorist.
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Americans, and
particularly Christians, have been schooled. The designers and practitioners of our modern
education system have succeeded in turning the hearts of children away from their parents,
as well as the hearts of the parents away from their children, and the Lord has indeed
visited the land with a curse of Biblical proportions, quite literally.
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In our documentary film, IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in
America, and in the book by the same name, my co-director Colin Gunn and I tried to
collect as much evidence of this educational curse as we could fit into a 102-minute
narrative. In addressing the “who, what, when, where, and why” of our topic, we set out to
make an historical, an empirical, and a Biblical case against Christians sending their children
to the public schools. We enlisted the help of historians like Samuel Blumenfeld and Roger
Schultz; public school teachers like John Taylor Gatto, Karl Priest, R.C. Murray, and Sarah
LaVerdiere; education experts like Bruce Shortt and Neal McCluskey; and pastors like
Voddie Baucham, R.C. Sproul, Jr., and Erwin Lutzer. We chronicled the development of
America's public school system using an eye-opening historical timeline and by allowing
animated versions of the school system's architects to tell the story in their own words. We
interviewed a student who wrote an article telling the truth of what happens in even the
“best” schools in the nation. We presented the emotional testimony of a father whose son
was murdered at Columbine high school 14 years ago, and his very timely message to
Christian parents today. We did all this and more. But our efforts would be in vain, unless
the Lord opens the eyes of His people.

In Luke 6:39, our Lord spoke the following parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? shall they
not both fall into the ditch?” I believe this is the sad state of the church today with regard to
the issue of Christians in the public schools. With the explosive growth of home education of
the last twenty years and all of the debate over why we are losing the vast majority of our
churched young people after they graduate from high school, it is increasingly difficult to
say that pastors and ministry leaders are blind to the many dangers in the public schools.
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Nevertheless, it could be argued that ministers are blind to the futility of their weekly age-
segregate ministry efforts against the massively superior time allocation of the public
schools‟ indoctrination machine. It is no accident that Jesus‟ explanation of His
aforementioned parable, in the very next verse, Luke 6:40, reads: “A disciple is not above
his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher” (NKJV).
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The Lord once used dirt and saliva to open a blind man‟s eyes; may He use our message to
bring light to the church in America.

Homeschool Evangelism

“Many years ago there was an Emperor so exceedingly fond of new clothes that he spent all
his money on being well dressed,” begins the beloved tale by Hans Christian Andersen
about two weavers who promise an Emperor a suit made of a cloth invisible to the
uneducated, to the “unusually stupid.” When the Emperor parades himself before his
subjects, nobody will admit to not seeing the new clothes, except a small child who tells his
father, “But he hasn't got anything on.” The father tells another person, who in turn tells
another, until the whole town cried out at last, “But he hasn't got anything on!” The story
ends thus: “The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, „This
procession has got to go on.‟ So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held
high the train that wasn't there at all.”

The public school system in America is an embarrassingly naked emperor who keeps
spending his subject's dwindling resources in order to perpetuate his insane, irrational, and
stupid race for the top of the ineptitude charts— a pursuit that is leaving every child left
behind; a system that has stripped a once great nation of all of its former glory. It most
certainly does not take a village to raise a child, but perhaps it will take the witness of a
handful of home-educated children to transform a neighborhood, a church, and a nation.

May God bless the Christian homeschool movement.



Endnotes:

1. Millstones and Stumbling Blocks: Understanding Education in Post-Christian America,
Bradley E. Heath, 2006, Fenestra Books, Tucson, Arizona

2. Little known fact: the phrase “elephant in the room” first appeared in The New York
Times, June 20, 1959: “Financing schools has become a problem about equal to having an
elephant in the living room. It's so big you just can't ignore it.”
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room

3. Voddie Baucham, The Call to Dunkirk video for The Exodus Mandate project,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGZLSVph3A

4. Millstones and Stumbling Blocks: Understanding Education in Post-Christian America,
Bradley E. Heath, 2006, Fenestra Books, Tucson, Arizona

5. Taken from “America‟s Trojan Horse: Public Education” by Mike Metarko, Faith for All of
Life magazine (July/August 2010), used by permission from the Chalcedon Foundation, for
the book “IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity” by Joaquin
Fernandez and Colin Gunn, Master Books, 2012.

6. See Malachi 4:6

7. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler recently wrote an article
asking “Is Public School an Option?” http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v8/n4/is-
public-school-option

8. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Joaquin Fernandez is a veteran producer of documentaries, television commercials, and
educational and marketing videos. He has worked all over the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe,
the Middle East, and Asia. His most recent project is the award-winning documentary film
IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America, and the book by
the same name, which the Lord is using to grow home education worldwide. Joaquin is a
media consultant for The Exodus Mandate Project, president of The Lighthouse Video and
Graphics, and founder of Great Commission Films, a ministry dedicated to producing
kingdom-building Christian documentary films and mentoring the next generation of
Christian filmmakers. He also teaches filmmaking at the New Geneva Christian Leadership
Academy. Joaquin lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with his wife and four children.

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