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Director Kirk Cameron has been making the rounds to promote his new documentary, in which he calls for parents to abandon the public education system and switch over to homeschooling.
The documentary, entitled “The Homeschool Awakening,” is set to release this year, and is the product of the last two and a half years’ worth of effort. In it, Cameron contests the idea that homeschooling is some kind of fringe movement, and rejects more usual forms of education, saying that a pivot towards the home needs to occur because of the “immoral things that the public school system has been teaching our children.”
The desire to counter stereotypes takes center stage in the YouTube trailer Cameron released, trying to push back on anticipated criticism that homeschooling is a “cult” that produces “weird” children.
Various parents in the trailer give ringing endorsements of homeschooling, praising the practice as the solution to many woes.
One woman declares that “The freedom we had was so worth the small sacrifice it was to teach the kids. Now 12 years later, I realize it wasn’t a sacrifice – it was a total gift.”
“No one’s gonna love our children more than we do,” a father cheerfully exclaims.
“And the greatest gift that I was given was my own identity. My parents gave me that,” one teen in the trailer says.
Cameron himself monologues significantly in the trailer, speaking about various school scandals and ongoing battles over school curriculum, in what is probably a reference to very dramatic and public clashes with school boards and parents in places like Loudoun County, Virginia, among many others. Cameron says the public school system has been “actively working against us,” and has become “public enemy number one” in his monologue.
The actor also spoke of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on perceptions of education and the dynamic between students, teachers, and parents:
“Since the pandemic, we’ve been made grossly aware of the inaccurate and the immoral things that the public school system has been teaching our children and our grandchildren. And it’s up to us as parents to cultivate the hearts and minds and souls of our children toward what is good, toward what is right, beautiful, and true.”
This then transitions into his call for action:
“We need to take back the education of our children because whoever controls the textbooks controls the future. Whoever’s shaping the hearts and minds and souls of our children will determine whether or not we live in a free country. And whether we have freedom of speech and economic freedom and educational and political freedom and religious freedom. If these things are important to you, as I believe they are, join me. It’s time for a homeschool awakening.”
“The Homeschool Awakening” is scheduled to release in theaters on June 13th of this year.
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