Education was supposed to provide us with stellar learning, but unfortunately that is not happening. Is there any hope? Joining us today is Jacob Howland (city-journal.org), Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. He draws on his many years of experience in higher learning to show how classical education has been slowly removed from curricula only to be replaced by slogans and inaccurate history. The culprits are more the educrats than teachers, but many teachers go along with it. So is there any hope? Now that the plan has been thoroughly exposed, some teachers and many parents are pushing back to reclaim what education was always supposed to be.
It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.
Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.
One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.
Children are being told what to think, not how to think; they are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Joining us today is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. He shows that students are active and free thinkers a lot of times when they interact, but in the classroom, that thought process goes away and they are told what to think by educators. He shows what other countries are doing to fix that problem and offers solutions for the U.S. education system. He also points out simple, logical exercises parents can do with their children to help them think and reason better.
We are facing a critical moment in America's history – will we continue to further the ideological divide or can we truly keep this the United States? Joining us today is Dr. Richard Land (ses.edu), President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He looks at the growing discontent among fly-over folks at being unheard and censored. And media does nothing but throw gasoline on the fire of division with their biased reporting and alternative definitions of not only the truth but even individual words. The education system is to blame as well, teaching children from a young age that this is a horrible and racist country. Is there anything we can do to turn this highly divisive tide?
The traditional Western worldview is battling with the new socialist worldview and somehow truth is lost in the chaos. In this week's boralogue, John looks at the importance of truth over narrative. Those who say America is a horrible place willfully ignore the much worse conditions in other countries. Antifa claims to have tolerance but exhibits none of it. Always look at what is real, what is actually happening; not what others tell you is true to further their narrative.
Marxist ideologies are mixing with Christian worldviews. How did we get to this point? Paul Kengor (www.faithandfreedom.com), Chief Academic Fellow at the Institute for Faith and Freedom, examines both worldviews, gives examples of how atrocious Marxism has been, and asserts that it has no place in true Christianity.
The second round of elections in Israel has come and gone and still there is no clear winner. Avi Lipkin (www.avilipkin.net), author and founder of the new Bible Bloc Party in Israel, explains how Israeli elections work including the need for a majority coalition, and touches on geopolitics in the Middle East.
Education in America and the West has been co-opted by the United Nations. Alex Newman (www.thenewamerican.com), Foreign Correspondent for The New American, returns to discuss the World Core Curriculum – essentially a global Common Core – and how the newly named rules-based world order is manipulating children.
John's quote of the week:
"When it comes to tolerance, we have to ask why people who are promoting tolerance wear masks and then block the rights intolerantly of other people – especially of elderly women trying to cross the street with a walker to hear an address about free speech. Theoretically they are exercising free speech, but they don't want anybody else to exercise it."
In this week's Extras segment, we play John's latest interview on local radio station KYMS. John and host Lee Lancaster discuss persecution in Communist China as well as other areas, the dysfunction surrounding Brexit, and the dishonest mainstream media.