American colleges and universities are under siege by a radically progressive narrative that is embedded in curriculum, policy and student programming. Higher ed. professionals, students, scholars, theologians and thought leaders weigh in on the impacts that woke culture has on campuses across the nation. We'll help you dissect the narrative, Critical Theory, and become prepared to confidently dissent in the fight for freedom, true morality and objective truth.
Destroying Remnants of Natural Law Reality
The Season 1 finale episode with Dr. Frank Turek, Christian apologist and founder/President of CrossExamined.org. Frank joins the show to talk about what to make of the current sexual revolution and how standards for morality influence legislation in America.
00:01:53:00 – Intro
00:02:25:00 – What is a Christian apologist?
00:03:00:00 – How has gender identity trumped biological sex?
00:05:40:00 – How higher education influences the sexual revolution
00:07:14:00 – Tolerance
00:11:35:00 – The problem with equity
00:13:56:00 – Moral legislation
00:18:25:00 – Destroying remnants of natural law reality
00:21:00:00 – Standing firm against Critical Theory
00:26:40:00 – CrossExamined.org resources
00:28:34:00 – Season 1 wrap-up. What’s next for Freeborn & Liberty
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Podcast
- Twitter @DrFrankTurek
The Great Commissions
The Postsecondary Value Commission, a partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has worked to define the ‘value of post-secondary education’ as it relates to return on investment, economic outcomes, and degree completion. But unfortunately, these three issues aren’t the true core of this commission’s work. It’s a deceiving front for a radical proposal to permanently infuse racial and economic equity in higher education which is explained quite clearly in the commission’s definition of value: “Students experience postsecondary value when provided equitable access and support to complete quality, affordable credentials that offer economic mobility and prepare them to advance racial and economic justice in our society.”
The commission also states:
“Without explicit attention to racial, socioeconomic, and gender equity, postsecondary education will continue to sustain and exacerbate inequalities, but a more equitable postsecondary education system can build a more just society, and “The centuries of deep-rooted racism in local, state, and federal institutions and policies have all contributed to White Americans’ disproportionate access to economic and educational opportunities compared to their non-White peers. These injustices continue to play out today within the postsecondary education system.
In the full report entitled “EQUITABLE VALUE : PROMOTING ECONOMIC MOBILITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION”, put forth by the commission, it is clearly stated that equity is the central focal point of the commission: “Equity matters. This is the first principle of the Postsecondary Value Commission, designed deliberately to center and prioritize racial, socioeconomic, and gender equity as the North Star guiding the commission’s work. More specifically, the commission is focused on equitable value for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, students from low-income backgrounds, and women—as well as the intersectional identities within and across these groups. The commission’s Postsecondary Value Framework requires data to be disaggregated by these key student characteristics to unearth inequities and provide a starting point for policy and programmatic solutions to combat and dismantle them.”
There is absolutely no mistaking it here. A hallmark of Critical Race Theory, one of many sub narratives of Critical Social Justice, assumes that racism and discrimination are at play in every disparity and in every interaction and it’s the activist’s duty to find it.
Read specific actions and proposals outlined in the commission's report.
The second commission is a joint effort between the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators and funded by a grant awarded by the Lumina Foundation.
Read more about this commission and details about the potential implications of adopting it in higher ed policy.
Awakening Human Potential Through Education
Dr. Stephen Blackwood is the founding President of Ralston College, a new college based in Savannah, Georgia that is truly transforming higher education. Dr. Blackwood has written for the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, The New Criterion, and Quillette and his first book The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy was published by the Oxford University Press.
Ralston College: Podcasts | YouTube | Website | Twitter
Stephen Blackwood: Twitter
00:00:00 - The beauty of free expression and thought; how they can be preserved
00:03:30 - Awakening the human potential
00:11:00 - What is Ralston College?
00:15:11 - How is Ralston different than traditional higher ed. institutions?
00:25:51 - What’s next for Ralston?
Tracking Woke Campus Culture: criticalrace.org
This week, Clinical Professor William Jacobson (Cornell), and Founder Legal Insurrection, a tax-exempt research and investigative entity based in Rhode Island, joins the show to talk about a new resource he's been working on for the college search. Criticalrace.org is an interactive database that outlines how colleges and universities across the country are adopting tenets of Critical Race Theory in campus culture. The website launched in February 2021 highlighting 200 institutions and now has close to 300. It's gained national attention and is fast becoming a go-to resource for parents and students in the college search.
For more insight and research, visit:
The Irony of Condemning Hate Speech with Hate Speech
Dr. Jeffrey Burl, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, dared to speak up against the university's senate resolution embracing Critical Race Theory. Students demanded that he be fired from his position simply for sharing a different perspective. He shares his love for teaching, and how civil discourse can be the way toward bridging the divide in our country.
Link to the senate resolution and Dr. Burl's open letter in response
Timelessness of the Founding Fathers' Ideals
Sherman Tylawsky, Congressional Intern and host of the 'Friends and Fellow Citizens' podcast (link below) talks about how radical leftism impacted his undergraduate years in the UK. Through these experiences, he's developed an even deeper appreciation for America and her founding fathers. He outlines how the US is positioned to be a leader in defeating woke culture and how the core of this revival needs to be transforming civics education.
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It’s really interesting to hear people from both sides of the political spectrum agree that this infection has to be stopped. It also makes me very happy I graduated and got out of college when I did!
Very interesting/definitely an eye opener. The swamp has moved into university’s as well.
Episode 2 fascinating!