From High School to University: Surviving College with Faith in God, Country, and Self Intact
Statistics show that an alarming number of school kids lose faith and reject their family’s values after four years on campus at a major public university. The numbers are also bad for students who attend small, secular, liberal arts colleges. This campus transformation of our kids is deliberate, as more and more professors turn classrooms into indoctrination centers for atheism, globalism, and collectivism.

In this seminar, Dr. Pesta brings 25 years of experience as a university professor to bear on the problem, offering advice about how to navigate the perilous waters of academia while keeping faith in God, country, and self intact. Practical strategies and solutions are provided on how to avoid indoctrination, minimize debt, and maximize genuine learning experiences while at university.
Crisis in Contemporary Education: What Homeschoolers Need to Know
Recent educational overreaches—from Common Core, to the rise of FedEd, to meaningless high stakes testing—have awakened parents to the dangerous state of America’s public schools.

We have moved from an educational system emphasizing knowledge-based mastery of subject matter to a politicized approach that diminishes achievement in favor of social justice indoctrination and utilitarian mediocrity. This talk traces the evolution of this transformation: from the atheist and socialist ambitions of founders of public education like Horace Mann and John Dewey, to the advent of the NEA and the leftist takeover of our classrooms, to the implementation of Common Core. We close by considering how this failed public school model is beginning to undermine homeschool freedoms across the country, and what this means for the future of homeschooling in America.

University Ugly: What Really Happens to Your Kids at College
You cannot turn on the TV without encountering another campus outrage. From safe spaces, to riots, to fascist attempts to shut down speech, the modern university is all too often a place of anarchy and hostility to conservative and Christian voices.

As a professor of English at a range of universities over the past 25 years, Dr. Pesta offers unique insights about campus life and the mindset of progressive professors who are transforming university education into little more than an exercise in leftist social justice activism.

Dr. Pesta also offers humorous examples of student writing, showcasing how far education has degenerated on America’s campuses. The talk concludes with advice on how to safely navigate the college indoctrination machine.





Pagan Revival: How Modern Progressivism is the New Paganism
G. K. Chesterton once reportedly opined that “if you do not believe in God, you do not believe nothing. You will believe anything.”

The argument is that in the absence of God, human beings will of necessity deify something else, “the work of their own hands.” Paradoxically for such a science-driven age, the progressive insistence on mere material reality is not producing atheists. Rather, progressive ideology is re-paganizing Western culture.

Belief in spirits, forces, and the occult is on the rise, while belief in God wanes, and we treat nature, the planet, sex, and the environment with religious reverence, while simultaneously subverting transcendence and personal immortality. The result is moral and spiritual confusion that undermines meaning and creates political and social anarchy. Dr. Pesta explains in detail the reasons for and consequences of this neo-pagan turn in progressive thought.


Truth, Beauty, and the Eternal: Why a Return to Objectivity is Our Only Hope
We live in odd times where intellectuals no longer believe in truth, where beauty is merely subjective, and where our children are taught they are nothing but highly evolved animals living an exclusively material existence.

No other explanation is needed to understand the crassness, desperation, and nihilism of the present age. As postmodern cynicism and skepticism continue to drive cultural rot and despair, the only hope is a return to Truth, Beauty, and the Eternal.

These enduring concepts are necessary for the very existence of civilization itself. In this important talk, Dr. Pesta explains what these critical terms mean and how they have shaped all that is good and stable in the world. And, by extension, what horrors await mankind if we continue to deconstruct and negate their meaning.

How and Why We Must Teach Dante and Milton
Dr. Pesta continues his popular “how to” series with this seminar on teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost. These two great epic poems—one from the Catholic Middle Ages, the other from Protestant England in the seventeenth century—are Christian Europe’s answer to the classical epics of Greece and Rome (Odyssey, Iliad, and Aeneid).

Focusing on events before and after the creation of the world—including the battle in heaven between God’s loyal angels and Satan’s fallen demons; the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; and the spiritual, moral, and philosophical dimensions of Heaven and Hell—these beautiful and complicated poems are necessary to make your children culturally literate and prepared to read books at the highest level.

They also offer an important historical understanding of the evolution of Christian ideas across various periods of Western culture.


How and Why We Must Teach 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 the virtues of Christian living, but when challenged, they often struggle to explain the pragmatic appeal of Christian thinking. Too often, we ignore the rational aspects of our Christian heritage, especially when sharing our faith with our children and grandchildren. Without this intellectual foundation, it is easy for Christian kids be “talked out” of the faith once they get to college. Dr. Pesta provides a practical, common sense, and easy to use rubric that explains—in an understandable and humorous manner—why Christian thinking remains the very best hope for mankind.

How and Why We Must Teach Christian Apologetics
For the last 2000 years, many of the great writers, thinkers, and philosophers of Western culture have perfected the art of Christian apologetics, the rational defense of Christian ideas in the face of hostility, skepticism, and persecution.

In this talk, Dr. Pesta covers the basic history and premises of apologetics and introduces you to some of the leading figures and texts of the movement.

The second half of the talk is dedicated to examples about how to model the logic and method that are the cornerstone of serious apologetics, the study of which not only strengthens faith but also hones logic and reasoning skills.

How and Why We Must Read C. S. Lewis
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.

Along the way, we examine the philosophical, theological, and artistic origins of C. S. Lewis’s Christian apologetics—from the The Chronicles of Narnia through The Screwtape Letters—articulating why his writings remain highly relevant for understanding the dangers posed to contemporary culture by atheism, materialism, and moral relativism.

The talk offers ways to incorporate the writings of Lewis in every stage of education and real life.



How and Why We Must Read Shakespeare
The cultural significance of Shakespeare makes him required reading for educated people. But reading Shakespeare can be daunting.

In this practical and uplifting talk, Dr. Pesta—who has taught Shakespeare at universities for more than 25 years—offers strategies about how to bring the Bard alive for your kids, making them better and more sensitive readers, writers, and thinkers. Giving kids a solid grounding in Shakespeare’s plays means that there will be virtually no books or authors that they cannot handle in college or beyond.

How and Why We Must Teach Greek and Roman Classics
In this fascinating talk, Dr. Pesta explains why kids need to read the classic books of ancient Greece and Rome. After showing how the philosophical, political, and cultural ideas of classical antiquity influenced the Founding Fathers and the origins of American civics and government, Dr. Pesta provides homeschool parents a rationale for teaching works like Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, the plays of Sophocles, and Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans. Along the way, we offer strategies for contextualizing the ideas raised in these books within the broader spectrum of Christian morality and ethics.


How and Why We Must Teach the Crusades
There are no historical events in the last 2,000 years of Western culture more misunderstood, politicized, and lied about than the Crusades. For progressive revisionist historians and social justice educrats, the Crusades only began in 1095 when “war-mongering” Christian armies “storm” Jerusalem. But the real story is more complex and interesting. This talk offers facts, maps, and accurate historical information detailing 500 years of Islamic Crusades against the West—including aggression, conquest, and enslavement of Christian lands and peoples—leading up to 1095, when Christian armies finally fought back in earnest. Besides a detailed account of five centuries of Islamic Crusading, Dr. Pesta contextualizes the Christian Crusades that followed, and their efforts to take back the holy land and check invading Islamic armies.



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