April Few once lived a life that made her appear like a “poster child” for liberal attitudes, she says.
Despite growing up in South Carolina in a solid two-parent household with one sibling, Few became promiscuous as a teenager and young adult.
She dealt with homosexuality. She shaved her head and wore masculine clothes because “everyone just thought it was the coolest thing,” Few told The Epoch Times in a Sept. 21 interview. “And I was popular.”
She turned to drugs and alcohol, lost her soccer scholarship, and dropped out of college.
Fortunately, she and her family were unaware of any significant flaws that plagued the American educational system. They had never considered how schools can powerfully influence young people with belief systems instead of literacy and math.
Then a metamorphosis happened. Few became conservative under the influence of motherhood, marriage and their mother-in-law, who runs a national parenting empowerment organization.
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Now 31, the Few homeschools her two daughters, ages 6 and 2, based on Christian principles.
And she was dedicated to opening people’s eyes to the hidden agendas driving public school policies and programs.
“Once you learn the truth about American education, there’s no going back,” Few said. “I would never send my kids to public school now if I knew what I know.”
That’s the untold backstory of the documentary “Truth & Lies in American Education,” produced by the nonprofit organization United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), which Few’s mother-in-law, Sheri Few, founded in 2014. It has about 7,000 members.
The hour-long film, which was released online earlier this year, had its first public screening on September 20 at EmpowerUAmerica.org, a donation-based group that offers free public educational presentations in Cincinnati.
Audiences find film valuable
About 85 people – half in person and half online – watched the film and engaged in a discussion with April Few.
One attendee, Leah Cagle, said she hopes the film will inspire “a new wave of engagement … and a new level of diligence in school board candidates.”
Betty Overstreet, Managing Director of EmpowerU, said: “I thought the documentary was well done and all parents should see it. I give USPIE an A-Plus for educating and exposing what is really happening in our government run schools.”
USPIE spent two years shooting footage with Great Commission Films and raising $150,000 to pay for it. The goal is “to make sure this documentary gets viewed by as many Americans as possible,” Sheri Few said.
Although their group includes 22 state federations, “we’re really a grassroots organization,” Few said.
The group has a part-time paid employee, April Few, who serves as communications director and is also the “protagonist” of the film.
After the COVID-19 lockdowns allowed parents to see the classes their children were teaching via remote online classes, many parents became aware of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a topic covered in the film.
Although the film ran before the revelations of the COVID-era, Sheri Few told The Epoch Times that this year’s timing for its release seems right as parent concerns about CRT and the sexualization of children continue to mount.
“We have definitely benefited from the outrage of parents across the country, and it has propelled us to grow and be recognized nationally as leaders in the work we must do to end the indoctrination of children in this country.” said Sheri Few.
The film also examines other ideologies that are being circulated in schools but likely remain outside the consciousness of most parents, Few said, including other anti-American, pro-Marxist propaganda and “the federal government’s plan to control the economy through workforce development educational model”.
As summarized by a website promoting the film, the US education system appears bent on instilling in children beliefs such as, “America is racist. socialism is good The gender is your choice. Having sex is great. (Just don’t tell Mom and Dad.)”
Warn selected speakers
April Few said one of the people who most inspired her in the film was actress Sam Sorbo, author of They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home-School Advocate..”
Speaking from experience, Sorbo said she understands that the prospect of raising his child can seem daunting. But she said: “You don’t have to fill your child with a bunch of knowledge. Teach them to learn.”
April Few said she takes to heart a powerful lesson from Sorbo: “Children are a gift from God,” and parents should “open” that gift, rather than ceding that honor and responsibility to schools.
In the film, journalist Alex Newman, a member of the USPIE Advisory Board, points out that few people realize the impact that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has had on American education.
Newman, who researched the issue for The Epoch Times, says UNESCO promoted communism, socialism and early childhood sexuality.
According to UNESCO’s website, America withdrew from UNESCO in 1984, rejoined in 2003, and withdrew again in 2008.
Another interviewee in the film, Lily Tang Williams, a native of China, warns that data is being tracked and collected in US schools without parents’ knowledge or consent.
“In socialist-communist countries, they believe that children belong to the state,” she said.
She said parents need to take back control of their children’s education because a key to totalitarian regimes is “brainwashing” children through “free” education.
Williams wept as she discussed fleeing communist China to seek freedom in the United States. She despaired of recent trends. As she says on her website, “Now I’m scared that the country I love will become the country I left.”
Happily married mother of two children
In an interview after the documentary screening, April Few told the Epoch Times that until she fell in love with Sheri Few’s son Bobby, “I didn’t even want kids — and I thought marriage was super oppressive.”
However, April Few unexpectedly got pregnant, got married – and soon after began helping her mother-in-law with some work for USPIE.
At first, April Few thought the people involved with USPIE were “a little overwhelmed,” she says.
April Few grew up trusting that schools have children’s best interests at heart. But the more Few found out, the more she doubted it.
She doesn’t blame the school system for her misguided choices earlier in her life. She says television, the internet and the betrayal of an unfaithful friend have influenced her.
But she has wondered if her schooling might have led her to believe her parents “didn’t know”.
As she continued to delve into issues central to USPIE’s work, April Few realized she had been missing the truth about American education and became passionate about helping others make similar discoveries.
“I couldn’t ignore what I learned,” she said.
So her mother-in-law understood that telling the story through April Few’s eyes could help other doubters see the truth more clearly. The film doesn’t delve into April Few’s pre-motherhood past, instead focusing on her discoveries since then.
Few say she had no intention of homeschooling her children, but now she wouldn’t have it any other way. She said families may choose to live in a smaller, more modest home and make other choices that allow a parent — or a grandparent — to homeschool children.
“It’s a matter of priorities,” she said. “I’ve never spoken to a homeschooling mom who says she regrets taking her kids out of school or homeschooling their kids.
“It’s just the greatest thing to see your kids grow up. Worth it.”
USPIE aims to abolish the US Department of Education. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group decided to temporarily refocus on “emphasizing the important role that parents and communities play in children’s education,” according to its website.
The group is trying to “encourage parents everywhere to take their children out of government schools and place them at home or in private schools.”
USPIE suggests parents take advantage of resources like those offered by the FreedomProject Academy.