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Battle for the American Mind

By: Pete Hegseth,David Goodwin
Narrated by: Pete Hegseth,David Goodwin
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Early in the 20th century, Progressives quietly transformed America’s schools. One hundred years later, they've succeeded beyond their wildest hopes. 

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.

©2022 Pete Hegseth (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Academically sound

I am a retired education professor. I found the cited facts in this book to be indisputable. The philosophers that he mentioned were accurately cited, but only a small number of the actual theorists who are involved with this are mentioned. It would have benefited from including more recent theorists.

On the other hand, I realize that he is seeking to reach an entry-level audience, so perhaps a follow-up book would be the Place for further citations.

He is a young writer, and his evangelistic tone was sometimes a bit over the top, but I appreciate his earnestness and his ability to clarify the issues.

Everyone who is interested in the future of America should read this book.

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right wing propaganda

this sucked. right wing propaganda. its all the liberals fault. i endured an hour of it. wish I could have the hour back

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Best book I have read in a very long time!

Everyone frustrated with the school system in America should would benefit from reading this book!

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Where are your kids minds going?

Someone needed to say/write something about this topic. It is scary but we've all known it for a long time. The minds of the youth in this country have been twisted and manipulated for a long long time. Now we are seeing the fruit of our lack of labor. I'm a grampa now and will do anything to help my grandkids get real education.

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Enlightening

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I have been a public school teacher for the last 28 years and I found all this information to be very informative. I would recommend that every parent and grandparent listen to this book.

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Misdirected Endorsement of Theocratic Governance Through Education

Seems like Pete went native after hanging with the Taliban. Just a circular waste of words meant to rabble raise the Christian Right with fear of loss, and a notion of a grand liberal Marxist conspiracy.

Everything “wrong” must be tied to the so called loss of the “Western Christian Paideia”. Narrow view on what we should be educated on, yet losses sight on the fact that in most locations school districts are funded and run by the local people.
Further, complaining that scripture and Christian prayer has been removed from schools while forgetting that we have a population of multiple religions, and to the First Amendment, the government should not establish a religion, nor prohibit the exercise of. Just because it may have been done in the past doesn’t mean it’s right.

He suggests that the schools must be the source of morality and values for our children, yet ignores the purpose of parents, family, church and community. We are competing with other countries, cultures, and even time. Focus on building smarter people in the schools and focus on building their character and values through home, church, and community.

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Eye opening

This book was eye opening and made me happy that I paid attention to all the my kids were taught in public school. I also had relationships with nearly every teacher my kids had and I subbed as a PT retirement job. What I learned is that we have all been guilty of just sending them off and hoping for the best. Now we need to fight to get back to something better.

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Exactly what our nation needs.

I have been looking for this information since I was about 20 years old. I wanted to understand the history of our educational system and why our country is in the situation it is in now. This book answers that from a to z.

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Agenda driven - terms and ideas are inaccurately defined for the context of education

This is a highly biased view, based on a preference for religious-Republican influenced education. The information is grossly uninformed (ex. The way CRT is spoken about in the context of education is inaccurate as the least). This is a very isolated understanding of what education is and should be. It is also agenda focused to demonize any progress made in the education system (character building, addressing social emotional needs, adding skills, standards and advancing curriculum). I always go back to the question of what is education for if not to prepare students for reality, for life, for post school success in a global economy? Why is it wrong to be honest about history and open about factual information? Why is that turned into a political battle?

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Reinforces the reason I taught in a Christian school for 28 years

While I was not at a “classical” Christian school, I taught science at a school that recognized Christianity was central to the development of science. The school encouraged a Biblical approach to history, literature, grammar and even math and science. English was taught using great literature. Aeschylus, Virgil, and Homer were books read for history/English. Kepler, Newton and Galileo were central to science. Biblical Creation was taught to balance uniformitarian old earth “science.” The history of American education is eye opening and a reminder that today’s schools are exactly what progressive educators wanted them to be as far back as Horace Mann. In some ways I felt the author was preaching to the choir. My children attended the private Christian school but were uncertain they wanted that for their kids. They realized after just a few years in government schools, they wanted what they had, given the current state of public education. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents waffling over the decision to make a move.

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Important read for parents

Important read for parents. Well written. Eye opening. Ideas presented are applicable for Australian schooling.