So I was supposed to write this newsletter on Thursday, my day off, because it’s quiet at home and I can work without interruption. Instead I started browsing through sample books brought back from the States for us to review. I then got hooked on a book called IndoctriNation and spent the whole day reading.
IndoctriNation consists of a series of articles about what goes on in the public schools of America, written by school teachers, ex-teachers, politicians and pastors. These include John Taylor Gatto, R C Sproul Jnr., Voddie Baucham, Samuel Blumenfeld and more. Each has a different story to tell, but they all have the same conclusion: Christian parents,take your children out of the public schools.
While much of this book obviously deals with the politics, legalities and shortcomings of US public schools, there are some parallels in our schools here. Secular humanism is one of them. That man is the beginning and end of everything is taught religiously and pervades our school curriculum. Human rights, your felt needs and self-esteem loom large. There is no room for God. On the contrary, the curriculum is anti-Christian.
The low standard of education is another parallel with the US schools. There are some truly gifted and wonderful teaches in the public school system, but it pains me that so many youngsters who go to school full of hope leave with none: no hope for a good job, no hope for a better future because they are barely literate. Part of the problem is the actual school system and part is lack of motivation. Oh how I wish that the gospel of Christ was known to more families! Then they and their children would have real hope and real motivation in Christ.
It is troubling that many Christian schools here in S.A. have Christian staff, but still use the public school curriculum. When house-sitting in Cape Town a few years back, the owner on the house gave me permission to browse through her education honours textbooks as she knew that as a fellow teacher I would be interested. I read how the school curriculum had so been designed that children could be weaned off their parents to become more dependent on the government. There is a plan in place for each education phase to reduce the authority of the parents. The curriculum is anti parental authority, anti-family. (I’m sorry that I didn’t write down the names and authors of the books for reference.) This is the antithesis of the scriptural mandate for parents to take responsibility for the children God has given them.
The mode of education is a vast subject and there are probably as many views as there are parents who need to educate their children. I hope the parts of this book that I have shared with you get you thinking. (As this book is only a sample, we don’t yet have stock to offer you. Sorry.)
Yours in the Lord’s service