A new documentary about education in America exposes a not-so-hidden agenda in public schools: indoctrinating kids with leftist ideologies.

Whose Children Are They?” features teachers, parents, and education advocates describing how public schools are failing kids by focusing on left-wing social issues instead of academics.

The documentary premiered with a pre-release screening on March 14.

Similar to “The Mind Polluters,” this new film shows shocking examples of graphic sex education lessons pushed on kids as young as elementary school.

It also documents the current fixation on race in schools that’s led to treating kids of color like victims, shaming white students and teachers, “dumbing down” curricula, eliminating advanced courses, and failing to discipline students.

The filmmakers place the blame for politicizing public education squarely on teachers unions and other national organizations that push policies and curricula like racial equity and social-emotional learning onto state and local education officials.

“There are three vital ingredients for a successful education: students, parents, and educators,” said Rebecca Friedrichs, a 28-year public school teacher featured in the film. “None of them include the policies or politics pushed into schools by so-called teacher unions.”

Friedrichs founded For Kids and Country, a national citizens’ movement to restore parental authority in public schools.

The powerful parent movement gained momentum in the wake of COVID school closures, which gave many adults their first real look at what kids were being taught in public school classrooms.

School boards’ attempts to ignore, intimidate, and silence parents have made their movement all the more vocal.

The filmmakers say parents can reclaim their kids’ schools by supporting good teachers and breaking the influence of unions and other corrosive organizations (like the National School Boards Association) that are ruining public education.

Parental involvement is also key.

“If you are not involved in local politics and your children’s or grandchildren’s school activities and what they are learning, you are failing them,” said grandparent and grassroots activist Kyle Sims after watching the film. “We knew a lot of what was shown, but seeing it on screen and listening to parents and students telling their encounters with school boards and unions was sickening to see and hear.”

Parents United America founder Deborah Flora, who co-wrote the film with Friedrichs and her director-husband Jonathan Flora, said she’s optimistic that education will change for the better, now that people have seen what schools are teaching.

“Whose Children Are They?” is available for private screenings.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.