Worldnet DailyPosted: October 14, 2010 1:00 am Eastern
By Karen Gushta, Ph.D. Â© 2010
The movie "Waiting for Superman" is causing a stir. Socialist union supporters are accusing it of "scapegoating teachers and union-busting," and teachers are protesting outside movie theaters around the country. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has said that "the film demonizes public education, teachers unions and, unfortunately, teachers." By bringing national attention to the plight of parents whose kids are stuck in poor performing schools, "Superman" is certainly agitating educators.
There's another movie coming soon, however, that tells the true story about why public schools are so dangerous to our kids. "IndoctriNation," produced by filmmaker and father of seven Colin Gunn, tells the story of the Gunn family's bus tour across America on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system.
What they discover "is a masterful design." But it's a design for "training up the next generation with a humanistic, man-centered program." This program, Gunn claims, is fragmenting the family and undermining the church in American society. Indeed, statistics show the majority of Christian youth are leaving the church and forsaking their faith. Those who stay have worldviews infected by secular humanism and other unbiblical views.
Other Christians are sounding similar warnings. In his book, "The Harsh Truth About Public Schools," Bruce Shortt says, "Christian parents and grandparents need to see government schools for what they really are, not for what they claim to be or for what they once were." Shortt bluntly states, "American education is now aggressively anti-Christian, both spiritually and morally. Government schools have effectively become parochial schools for secular humanism and many varieties of New Age spirituality." As Shortt points out, the truth is "â€¦ for decades the unacknowledged moral code of government schools has been moral relativism."
If this were not troubling enough, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pushing for "international benchmarks" and "Common Core Standards" â€“ just another term for a national curriculum. More than two-thirds of the states already have adopted them in hopes of getting more federal funding. As I point out in my book "The War on Children," globalization is the new conceptual rubric in all the disciplines, and students are learning to be "world citizens" through educational programs such as the International Baccalaureate. Actually, the IB curriculum is just a notch above the politically correct multicultural education that has infected schools for the past 20 years. It is the perfect tool for indoctrinating children into both moral and cultural relativism, since it relativizes both the Christian worldview and American exceptionalism.
Why do so many Christian parents settle for sending their children to state-run schools, where this is the prevailing vision? Christian writer Gary DeMar claims that most public-school parents suffer from the "my kid's school is fine" syndrome. This syndrome shows up in every Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup school poll. According to the 2010 poll, 77 percent of parents give their child's school a grade of "A" or "B," which is an all-time high. Only 18 percent of all Americans give public schools across the nation such high marks.
I can only conclude that most parents don't know what's really going on inside their own schools. I also believe there is a prevailing mindset that even many Christian parents accept. This mindset is based on two lies: first, that all education should be neutral, and second, that the curricula of government-controlled schools are, in fact, "neutral."
Government schools are anything but neutral, especially when it comes to Christianity. They deny students knowledge of the most fundamental fact in the entire universe: that God created everything that exists â€“ including man.