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Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation Kindle Edition
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FOX News host Pete Hegseth is back with what he says is his most important book yet: A revolutionary road map to saving our children from leftist indoctrination.
Behind a smokescreen of “preparing students for the new industrial economy,” early progressives had political control in mind. America’s original schools didn’t just make kids memorize facts or learn skills; they taught them to think freely and arrive at wisdom. They assigned the classics, inspired love of God and country, and raised future citizens that changed the world forever.
Today, after 16,000 hours of K-12 indoctrination, our kids come out of government schools hating America. They roll their eyes at religion and disdain our history. We spend more money on education than ever, but kids can barely read and write—let alone reason with discernment. Western culture is on the ropes. Kids are bored and aimless, flailing for purpose in a system that says racial and gender identity is everything.
Battle for the American Mind is the untold story of the Progressive plan to neutralize the basis of our Republic – by removing the one ingredient that had sustained Western Civilization for thousands of years. Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin explain why, no matter what political skirmishes conservatives win, progressives are winning the war—and control the “supply lines” of future citizens. Reversing this reality will require parents to radically reorient their children’s education; even most homeschooling and Christian schooling are infused with progressive assumptions. We need to recover a lost philosophy of education – grounded in virtue and excellence – that can arm future generations to fight for freedom. It’s called classical Christian education. Never heard of it? You’re not alone.
Battle for the American Mind is more than a book; it’s a field guide for remaking school in the United States. We’ve ceded our kids’ minds to the left for far too long—this book gives patriotic parents the ammunition to join an insurgency that gives America a fighting chance.
“Pete Hegseth brilliantly spotlights one of the most important issues facing our country: America’s children and their education. By exposing the undercurrents of wayward indoctrination in American education and reorienting the reader toward classical Christian education, he provides a solution to the feeling of hopelessness so many parents experience. Pete unrolls a road map to saving America’s children and providing our little ones a path to prosperity, success, and well-being.” — Kayleigh McEnany
“Forget what you thought you knew about education in America—this book will rock your consciousness. Battle for the American Mind exposes the insidious and hidden Marxist takeover of America’s classrooms, and arms every citizen, parent, and grandparent with a plan to fight back. For the sake of our Republic, read Pete Hegseth’s book.” — Mark Levin
“Pete Hegseth, along with David Goodwin, argues that a return to classical education alone cannot save American students from a century of ideological pollution and dumbing down of both K–12 and higher education. Instead, they envision “Christian paideia” reuniting Jerusalem with Athens and Rome, thereby restoring rational, empirical training that enhances faith and spirituality. Battle for the American Mind is cogent, occasionally polemical, and always engaging. Let us hope its passionate case for restoring morality and sanity helps to spark an American educational renaissance.” — Victor Davis Hanson
“It is time to rethink the importance of education and bring it back under the Lordship of Christ. Much of the compromise we see in the church can be traced to how we educate our children. This work pulls back the veil to reveal the sinister agenda of progressive education and prescribes a little-known antidote that will, with the grace of our Lord, have a real impact on the future of our kids.” — John MacArthur
“Pete Hegseth is a patriot, and as such he is unwilling to abandon the educational system to the predations of the militant Left. In Battle for the American Mind, Hegseth lays out the state of play: how far gone our educational system is and what we can do to take it back.” — Ben Shapiro
“If you want your civilization to continue, few things matter more than what your children learn in school. Our kids are learning to hate the society our ancestors built. Pete Hegseth has seen it, and in this book, he’s got a solution.” — Tucker Carlson
“Pete is a phenomenal patriot and this book is a must-read. The education fight is the most critical in America.”
— Charlie Kirk
“Liberals have been using the education system as an indoctrination assembly line for decades. This book is an eye-opener and a must-read for any parent concerned about their children’s future.” — Dan Bongino--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Today's youth learn no values beyond diversity, equity, and inclusion; in fact they learn that are are no central truths, only individual differences. This books only confirms and strengthens my belief that most Americans no longer believe in the concept of virtue or an objective truth; they have been replaced by moral relativism, worshipping individuality, tolerance, diversity, etc. while tolerating no dissention from these beliefs.
Long before this book was published Conservatives distrusted, even reviled universities as centers of anti-American, anti-Christian indoctrination, but the authors prove it begins, not there but in Kindergarten. The Left occupies the high ground in education and is turning our children into self-loathing activists.
I wholeheartedly agree with the authors on the premise that we are losing the culture war, no hyperbole - the war for the future of western civilization. "Vice has become virtue, and virtue has become vice. Our country is upside down, and the Marxists are looking to finish us off." (238)
There is still hope for our children, however slim, and Hegseth and Goodwin outline a strategy for parents to fight back. I exhort parents and educators to join the classical Christian school movement and provide an alternative to progressive government schools.
While I've certainly enjoyed reading other books lately, both non-fiction and fiction, this is undeniably the most valuable book I've consumed in years and one every parent and open-minded educator should read and truly absorb. It is indeed a war, and the time to act is now!
The Battle for the American Mind is today the one battle that Americans must join, he believes, or we will lose our country. He argues that progressives have gained control over what Lenin called the "commanding heights," that is, K-12 education, gradually taking God and the Christian ethos out of public schools and replacing them with man-made ideas and values.
The Frankfurt School Communists who took over Columbia and other U.S. teachers colleges in the 1930s understood that politics is downstream from culture, and initiated a long-term struggle to hijack our culture by first hijacking the education of our children.
Today, ninety years later, they have succeeded way beyond their wildest dreams.
Pete makes an impassioned argument for a return to classical Christian education "to cultivate Christian wisdom and virtue in students." (p194).
British moralist GK Chesterton (oft quoted in this book) put it bluntly: "education is not a subject and does not deal in subjects. It is instead the transfer of a way of life." (p215)
And that is precisely why the Left has focused so much of its energy on taking over our schools. "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted," Lenin said.
Pete's despair over his own parenting grew as he came to understand the depth of the Left's control over the schools. "We love our children. We teach them forgiveness... and then we ship them off to Democrat camp... every day. We are willfully blind to the indoctrination of our kids because it is easier, cheaper, and more comfortable to excuse it away." (p241). Mea maxima culpa.
But Pete also sees light growing around him in the Classical Christian education movement, and suggests that parents go to classicalchristian.org to find a school near them. (Note: not all are listed on that website, including our own Lindesfarne Hall here on Amelia Island, Fl).
If you care about the future of your country and have despaired over what we can do to take it back, read this important book.