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“Common Core: Dangers and Threats”
Dr. Pesta is a widely sought-after national expert on the origins and dangers of Common Core. He has delivered more than 400 Common Core talks in 40 states, participated in thousands of radio interviews and TV spots, and interviewed about Common Core in international forums spanning from Canada to the United Kingdom to China. His Common Core presentation details the ideological and educational nightmare behind this big government takeover of the public school classroom. Besides explaining the origins and ambitions of this one-size-fits-all boondoggle, Dr. Pesta enumerates the many threats posed to private and home schooling from the Common Core and its related network of federal and corporate entities, all of which exploit and profit from the “standards” in a number of insidious ways.
“Confounding the Founding Fathers”
A startling look at the ways academics, teachers, and theorists use public education to rewrite history and demonize the Founding Fathers, castigate traditional American values, and undermine American freedoms and liberties. From Marxist revisionist historians like Howard Zinn to educational anarchists like Bill Ayers, American students are learning a false history that poisons their views of the country and leaves them ignorant of their rights and responsibilities. In explaining and chronicling this troubling trend in the teaching of history, Dr. Pesta takes time to examine the new Advanced Placement History curriculum (APUSH) that radically reconceives how history is taught in American schools.
“Crisis in Contemporary Education”
How did we get here? Recent educational overreaches—from Common Core to the radical expansion of meaningless high stakes testing—have finally awakened parents across the county to the ongoing transformation of education that has occurred right under our noses. We have rapidly moved from an educational system emphasizing knowledge-based mastery of subject matter to an ideological and politicized approach that diminishes achievement and excellence in favor of social justice indoctrination and utilitarian mediocrity. This talk traces the evolution of this transformation: from the atheist and socialist ambitions of such “founders” of American public education as Horace Mann and John Dewey, through the rise of progressive utopians like Rockefeller, to the advent of the NEA and the leftist take over of our classrooms championed by anarchists like Bill Ayers.
“Teaching Christian Worldview”
In this engaging talk, Dr. Pesta offers a simple and compelling argument explaining the need for—and the beauty of—a genuinely Christian worldview. Most Christians understand—emotionally and spiritually—the benefits and virtues of Christian living. But when challenged, they often struggle to explain the logical and pragmatic appeal of Christian thinking. By championing the enduring intellectual and rational basis of Christian ideals—in contrast to such modern philosophical movements as romanticism, naturalism, and progressivism—Dr. Pesta provides a practical, common sense, and easy to use rubric that explains—in a rational and humorous manner—why Christian thinking remains the very best hope for mankind.
“ Indoctrination on the College Campus”
A professor at a range of universities for the past twenty years, Dr. Pesta offers an eye-opening account of what your children can expect once they leave the safety and sanity of the home and enter the amoral, libertine, and leftist world of the public university system.
From hyper-politicized curricula, to intolerant progressive advocacy, to the unmaking of traditional mores and morality, colleges and universities actively, aggressively work to eradicate the values and worldviews that parents have painstakingly tried to instill in their children.
The talk also provides advice on how to navigate the perilous waters of academia with faith in God and country intact. Practical solutions are offered on how to minimize the debt and indoctrination of campus life.
“The Influence of Christianity on Western Art and Culture”
In opposition to our progressive age that desperately seeks to rewrite and eliminate from history books every reference to our enduring Christian heritage—from the faith of our founders to the prominent role of church culture in every aspect of contemporary life—this talk provides a much-needed reminder of the incalculable influence of Christian ideas on the art, music, philosophy, law, and politics of the last two-thousand years. Reversing the current vogue of ingratitude and revisionism that casts Christian culture as repressive and bigoted, Dr. Pesta highlights the innovation, humanity, and civilizing influence of Christianity—its profound and sweeping contributions to human and civil rights—so overlooked and maligned by the a-historical culture warriors on the left.
"C. S. Lewis: From Atheism to Apologetics”
Dr. Pesta offers a moving account of Lewis’s transformation from indifferent atheist to ardent Christian, and the prominent role that J. R. R. Tolkien played in that conversion. From there, the talk considers the startling diversity of Lewis’s Christian writings and their profound impact on generations of readers. Along the way, we examine the philosophical, theological, and artistic origins of Lewis’s Christian apologetics—from the The Chronicles of Narnia through The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce—articulating the many reasons why his writings remain relevant and critical for understanding the dangers posed to contemporary culture by atheism, scientism, and moral relativism.
“Dostoevsky, God, and the Devil”
Dr. Pesta provides an insightful look at one the greatest Christian thinkers and apologists of all time. Known primarily in the West as the author of Crime and Punishment—the powerful Russian novel of sin and redemption—Fyodor Dostoevsky offers some of the most profound reflections on faith, doubt, sin, grace, and salvation ever assembled, all delivered through novels whose characters are funny, tragic, sublime, and altogether human and relatable. Geared to those who have yet to read the books, this talk lays out Dostoevsky’s major themes and ideas in a clear, engaging way, demonstrating through passages of such works as The Brother’s Karamazov that no writer better understood the spiritual and intellectual consequences of atheism. In his works, Dostoevsky anticipated the rise of Communism—with all its horrors—as the logical outcome of the atheism and materialism that had taken hold of nineteenth-century Russia: and—ominously by extension—what awaits us in the United States as we embrace a similar cynical secularism.