On Thursday, October the 20th at 7 pm, Trinitas will be screening selections from the documentary “The Miseducation of America” at The REX theatre. Free tickets for the evening are available here. The highlight of the evening will be a special guest appearance of David Goodwin, president of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Along with Pete Hegseth of FOX News, David coauthored The Battle for the American Mind, the book which led to the creation of the documentary.
Almost two years ago, FOX reached out to The Classical Difference to contribute to a documentary on education. Our story helped form the narrative of the series. As you might imagine, the tone is consistent with many investigative pieces—with an “expose” feel to it. The scholarship on which the documentary is based is from Lawrence Cremin, a Columbia professor who won a Pulitzer Prize for the work that inspired the story. Across the episodes, the narrative will be woven together by the host, Pete Hegseth, along with Victor Davis Hanson, Dr. Miriam Grossman, Bill Bennett, Robert George, Carol Swain, Mary Grabar, Mary Poplin, Rebecca Friedrichs, Newt Gingrich, Michael Knowles, Dennis Prager, Katherine Kersten, David Goodwin, Louis Markos, and others.
The Miseducation of America follows the spread of progressive education as it slowly removed Christianity from schools over the past 100 years. Why? Because Christianity perpetuated the Western Christian Paideia. The early Progressives saw this paideia as the ultimate roadblock against their socialist utopia. They needed to remove it, so they did. Through radical schemes and elaborate theories, the Progressives successfully removed our valuable pipeline to the past, and removed God, while most Americans barely noticed. So what replaced bedrock American principles and virtues? Well, socialism and marxism, of course. Today, our schools are far from the engine of freedom that classical Christian education once was. In fact, they’re dangerous. It’s time to return to education based on the timeless Western Christian Paideia.