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Take Back Our Schools puts you on the front lines of the culture wars as Andrew Gutmann and Beth Feeley explore the increasing politicalization of our schools and universities and just what to do about it.

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    • 4.6 • 71 Ratings

Take Back Our Schools puts you on the front lines of the culture wars as Andrew Gutmann and Beth Feeley explore the increasing politicalization of our schools and universities and just what to do about it.

    The WPATH Files: Exposing the Insanity

    The WPATH Files: Exposing the Insanity

    Beth and Andrew speak with researcher Mia Hughes, author of the WPATH report that exposed the insanity of transgender medicine worldwide. Hughes gives us an overview of the organization, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and explains why they became so influential globally on transgender issues. She discusses some of the key findings of her report including the lack of informed consent, and the immense damage caused to children by cross-sex hormones and body mutilating surgeries.

    Mia Hughes is an Ottawa-based British journalist and researcher for Michael Shellenberger's nonprofit Environmental Progress. Hughes has three children and before becoming a journalist she was a stay-at-home mother.

    • 48 min
    One Mom’s Journey to Activism

    One Mom’s Journey to Activism

    Beth and Andrew speak with parent activist Alexandra Frank, who shares her own story about what led her to become an "accidental activist," having experienced the ideological capture of her twin daughters’ private school in Pennsylvania and then experiencing the same thing at their new public school in Massachusetts.

    She talks about the inappropriate sexual material being taught to elementary school aged children, about segregating affinity groups, and the influence of radical gender ideology. Frank also discusses how schools’ focus on leftist ideology has led to the deterioration of traditional academics.

    Alexandra Frank grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduated from Colgate University with a major in biochemistry and North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine with her veterinary degree after which she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in various roles as a clinician in the veterinary medical field in Delaware, Pennsylvania and currently, Massachusetts. She is mother to 11 year old fraternal twin girls and is the creator of the website www.dsfactsandresources.com about the Dover Sherborn school district in Massachusetts.

    • 38 min
    The End of Race Politics

    The End of Race Politics

    On this episode, Beth and Andrew speak with author Coleman Hughes about his new book, The End of Race Politics. Hughes talks about race was never an issue growing up and then first experiencing the divisive obsession with race politics as a student at Columbia University. We discuss how the civil rights movement’s dream of colorblindness turned into today’s leftist belief in neoracism and DEI. Hughes also explains how the academic studies behind the idea of implicit bias are bunk.

    Coleman Cruz Hughes is a writer and host of the popular "Conversations with Coleman" podcast. He was a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and is a contributor at The Free Press and  a graduate of Columbia University.

    • 43 min
    Radical Politics and Antisemitism in Our Schools

    Radical Politics and Antisemitism in Our Schools

    On this episode, Andrew and Beth speak with Free Press reporter Francesca Block. We discuss her recent reporting on the blatant antisemitism and leftist ideological capture of K-12 schools, specifically in a post October 7th world. Block talks about her articles which reports on how BLM materials are used in some New York City public schools, and how one school literally wiped Israel off the map being used to teach students.

    We also talk about another recent piece of hers which reports on whether we will see a political realignment of progressive Jews, and her interview with Civil Rights leader Clarence Jones, co-author of Martin Luther King Jr’s I have a Dream Speech.

    Block also shares what led her to a career in journalism and talks about the institutional contempt for free speech and open discourse that she experienced as a student at Princeton.

    Francesca Block is a reporter for The Free Press. She started her career as a breaking news reporter for the Des Moines Register, where she reported on topics ranging from crime and public safety to food insecurity and the Iowa caucus. She graduated from Princeton University in 2022.

    • 43 min
    Everything Is Debatable

    Everything Is Debatable

    On this episode Andrew and Beth speak with James Fishback, founder of Incubate Debate.

    Fishback discusses how high school debate tournaments went woke in recent years and illustrates the National Speech and Debate Association’s extreme liberal bias. He shares stories of how judges are ideologically motivated and either won’t allow certain positions to be debated or dock points for non-leftist opinions.

    He also talks about his recent piece for The Free Press, entitled, “The Truth About Banned Books” where he exposed the severe ideological asymmetries in school libraries around the country.

    James Fishback is the founder and executive director of Incubate Debate, a no-cost high school debate league that champions merit, civility, and open debate. Incubate Debate is the fastest-growing debate league in America, having tripled the students it serves in the past year. Fishback is a former high school debate national champion, having competed 2009-2013 at Boyd H. Anderson High School in South Florida. He studied International Economics at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

    • 43 min
    Men of Steele

    Men of Steele

    After a short hiatus, we are back with Take Back Our Schools. Welcome Back!

    On this episode, Beth and Andrew speak with the powerhouse father-son team of Shelby and Eli Steele about race relations in America. Both Shelby and Eli share their views on the recent Claudine Gay affair at Harvard University and give their opinions on whether this event marks a turning point in the fight against the diversity, equity and inclusion regime. Shelby talks about his own upbringing and his family’s experience in the Civil Rights movement and remarks upon why the Civil Rights movement went wrong. He talks about how the idea of “white guilt” plays a prominent role in today’s obsession with identity. Shelby also shares his strong views on the similarities between how victimhood is used by race hustlers in the black community and with the ongoing events in Israel and with Hamas. Eli talks about why he, as a part black, part Jewish and hearing impaired man, thoroughly rejects identity politics and victimhood. Eli also discusses the documentary he is currently making with his father, “White Guilt.”

    Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow (adjunct) at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He has written widely on race in American society and the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. Shelby received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America (HarperCollins, 1998). Other books by Steele include Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country (Basic Books, 2015), A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win (Free Press, 2007), White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era (HarperCollins, 2006) and A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America (HarperCollins, 1998). Shelby is also a member of the National Association of Scholars, the national board of the American Academy for Liberal Education, the University Accreditation Association, and the national board at the Center for the New American Community at the Manhattan Institute.

    Eli Steele is an award-winning filmmaker and “What Killed Michael Brown?” marked his first professional collaboration with his father, Shelby Steele. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, Steele’s career highlights include “How Jack Became Black,” “What’s Bugging Seth,” winner of ten film festivals, and “Katrina,” an MTV Network pilot which won him the Breakthrough Filmmakers Award. Steele has written for publications ranging from LA Times to Commentary Magazine.

    A transcript of this program can be downloaded here.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

mylesXmendoza ,

Balanced Counter Content to the MSM Coverage on Education

Beth and Andrew do a great job identifying and interviewing guests who help inform parents and empower them to be able to battle illiberalism in their local schools.

cookieskokie ,

Grateful to have found this podcast

Living in a state like Illinois, it is really difficult to find others who think the same way I do about what is happening in our schools, our culture, and especially how this affects our kids. Listening to the podcast makes me feel like I’m not alone.

KABorchers ,

Every Episode is Great

Thank you for your work in educating us on what is happening in our schools and how we can make a difference.

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