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Battle for the
American Mind

It began early in the 20th century, when progressives quietly transformed America’s schools. Their strategy would one day hold the keys to America’s most fundamental political force… The American Paideia. They succeeded beyond their wildest hopes.

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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 to find purpose in a system that says racial and gender identity is everything.

But indoctrination was not the progressive master stroke— it was a byproduct. In stealth, they removed an educational component that sustained every free people in history. If it is not restored, America, as we know it, will cease to exist as a republic.

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.

~ Includes Synopsis By Harper Collins Publishers

Students Live on FOX & Friends Weekend

Sunday, June 12 | 6 AM – 10 AM EDT | See Twitter for Times

Three ACCS (Association of Classical Christian Schools) students — one each from Veritas Academy in Lancaster, PA, Philadelphia Classical School, and Grace Christian Academy on Long Island — will join Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin live in studio to talk about classical Christian education.

FOX Special: Battle for the American Mind

Sunday, June 12 | 10 PM EDT | Twitter Updates

David Goodwin and Pete Hegseth join Carol Swain and several others to discuss education. Learn more about the new episode of the documentary “Miseducation of America” titled “Episode 6: Battle for the American Mind.”

How to watch the “Miseducation of America” documentary.

Onstage at the Reagan Library with Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin

June 28, 2022 | 6:00 PM Program | 7:00 PM Book Signing

Battle for the American Mind is more than a book; it’s a field guide for remaking school in the United States. According to the authors, we need to recover a lost philosophy of education – grounded in virtue and excellence – that can arm future generations to fight for freedom.”

PETE HEGSETH is the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend, America’s #1-rated cable morning television show and author of the forthcoming book—”Battle for the American Mind” (June 2022). Pete is also the New York Times best-selling author of “American Crusade,” “Modern Warriors” and “In the Arena.”

Pete is an army veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay who holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time overseas.

Pete is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Pete and his wife, Jennifer, have seven kids, all future Crusaders.

DAVID GOODWIN was raised on an Idaho farm, earned an M.B.A., traveled the world with a fortune 500 tech company, and quit even though, at the time, he had no school-aged children of his own, so that he could invest in classical Christian education.

He is a founding board member and was headmaster of The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho for 13 years, and is currently president of the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Over 100,000 copies of his work “Discover Classical Christian Education” are in print. He is the editor of The Classical Difference magazine and has appeared in publications like The Federalist and Townhall. His most recent work is with Pete Hegseth on “Battle for the American Mind.” Dave and his wife, Stormy, have three children, all of whom were classically educated.

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

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

Battle for the American Mind with Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin

On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy and Tracy are joined by Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin, authors of the book Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation. They discuss the origins of classical education, how Christianity transformed the paideia of the west, and the coordinated takeover of education by progressives. They explain the stages of this takeover, starting with the replacement of the Christian faith with patriotism, and the removal of God from classrooms. Pete and David emphasize the return to Christian classical education as the solution to this takeover.

Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin, Authors of Battle for the American Mind, Join Eric in the Studio

Join Eric, Pete, and Dave as they discuss how we went from God-centered learning to state-run indoctrination.

New Documentary from FOX Nation: The Miseducation of America

In 1907, a progressive experiment called the “Gary Plan” was underway in Gary, Indiana, that would forever change education and America. Gary was a newly minted steel town that needed a school. The Progressives took …