The Battle for the Mind

God and science: Considering evolution through the eyes of faith

September 18, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In our mainstream understanding of evolution, the denial of a personal God who designs and superintends every aspect of creation is all too typical. For the typical evolutionist, the thought of having God (or, for the Christian, Jesus Christ) in … More>

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V&V Q&A – Talking climate science with physicist Glenn Marsch (Part One)

September 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Law, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s note: After two leading newspapers ran climate-related pieces seemingly at odds with one another, The Center for Vision & Values discussed the contrast with Grove City College physicist Dr. Glenn Marsch. A New York Times article reported that President More>

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Designing history: The identity of the 21st century

September 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Our primary focus in December of 1999 was Y2K. Would the computer systems handle the millennial change? Might we suffer from serious computer snafus? In the midst of the Y2K hype, we knew, though sometimes forgot, that the year 2000 … More>

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A high school curriculum that teaches the truth about communism…. A Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

August 29, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Vision & Values: Dr. Paul Kengor, you recently completed a curriculum that teaches high school students about communism—that is, an accurate portrayal of communism. Tell us about it.

Kengor: The curriculum is titled, “Communism: Its Ideology, Its More>

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Vive la Difference! What Ray Rice Teaches Us About Civilization

August 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The public outcry over Roger Goodell’s failure to adequately punish NFL running back Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator is an encouraging sign that some vestige of civilization remains. It has been heartening … More>

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Death’s Progress: Part 2

August 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.

In 2010, I wrote a piece titled, “Death’s Progress,” which was widely published. What I laid out needs to be reiterated and updated. Unfortunately, it will need to … More>

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Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

July 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee … More>

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President Obama’s Environmental Purity Agency

July 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Law

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade More>

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Hillary Clinton’s Move to the Far Left

July 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.

A few years back I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. To this day it jolts liberals and conservatives alike that I, Mr. Reagan More>

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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Supreme Court Slows Obamacare’s Abortion Agenda

July 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.

The narrow 5-4 decision negates the “contraceptive mandate” of the … More>

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Obama appointments nixed

June 30, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law

In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional. … More>

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Being “offended” does not constitute an “establishment” of religion: The Supreme Court and Elmbrook School District

June 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law

The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church … More>

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The tragedy to end all tragedies?

June 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a continuation of the fragile … More>

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STREAMING AUDIO – Dr. Paul Kengor on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly

June 16, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In case you missed it, last month, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—was the featured guest on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly.  During the show, Kengor talks about what … More>

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Squawk On: U.S. Circuit Court green-lights discrimination case against the IRS

June 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president’s political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we’re about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once quipped that, “The art of taxation … More>

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AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show

June 2, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Law

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio program.  During the show, … More>

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The might and majesty of the risen Savior

April 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever … More>

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The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

April 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a More>

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A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

March 26, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. A confident Democratic Party in the White House, undermining the nation, its economy, and its foreign … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Three) – “Will the First Amendment Protect the Religious Liberty of Businesses? The Cases of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores”

March 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the voting shares are owned by members of a single family—the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga … More>

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Obama should study the history of Reaganomics

March 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>

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The war against work and wealth

February 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com

The Congressional Budget Office’s recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”

February 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: In this four-part series, Dr. John Sparks, a constitutional law professor at Grove City College, reviews and analyzes key upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will have an impact on American life and liberty.

A grandmother’s strong stand … More>

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The politics of envy

February 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was “Yea, they’re getting rich off you.” He was quite confused when I replied … More>

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Climate change deliberation: Taking Occam’s razor to proxy data

February 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation.  The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of Ockham. It is called Occam’s razor.  From various sources, Occam’s … More>

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Better marriage through marketing not coercion

January 31, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>

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The Great Recession’s soup lines

January 22, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

You know your kids are growing up when they ask a question like the one my daughter asked a few days ago, “Hey, dad, do you think we’ll experience a depression in your lifetime or mine?” As much as I’d … More>

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AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with host Terry Lowry

January 17, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

In case you missed it, Dr. James Thrasher, director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, was a guest on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Am I subsidizing my roommate’s tuition?

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Most students and parents aren’t aware that many students are paying for their classmates’ tuition. The Wall Street Journal exposed this exploding practice that’s hitting some students hard in a January 9, 2014 article titled “More Students Subsidize Classmates’ Tuition.” … More>

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From playground to profession: Choosing a career path at age 10?

December 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But … More>

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The Senate would be more efficient without the filibuster, and that’s the problem

November 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.

Reflecting on Senate Rule 22, the so-called … More>

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Burglarizing JPMorgan Chase and slapping down Prudential: The new, tyrannical normal

November 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

If there is one truth that became apparent during the financial panic five years ago, it is that Big Government and Big Finance are inseparable. Of course Uncle Sam was going to … More>

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Understanding the “Wall of Separation” between traditional Republicans and the new conservatives

October 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

It’s evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term “new conservatives.” Oh yes, it’s true that there are shades of differences on each side … More>

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Making sense of the defund/shutdown strategy

October 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

From the moment I clicked on C-SPAN to watch Senator Ted Cruz’s quasi-filibuster, I’ve been trying to make sense of the defund Obamacare/government shutdown effort. It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or a political scientist, to know it wouldn’t work. … More>

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“Average Is Over”-rated: Comments on Tyler Cowen’s doom-and-gloom scenario

October 18, 2013 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Years ago, I thought that if I ever attempted to write a novel, I would describe a future dystopia in which the ruling elite were those who made and understood computers and … More>

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Teenage sex: A family affair?

October 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them … More>

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Privatizing the National Park Service

October 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life … More>

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AUDIO – V&V Executive Director on GraceFM with host Jerry Newcombe

October 11, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The Battle for the Mind

On October 10, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed the government shutdown, national parks, religious freedom and Obamacare on “The Jerry Newcombe Show” with Dr. Jerry Newcombe.

Newcombe serves as the … More>

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Living our lives “under God”

September 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a … More>

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Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

September 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs … More>

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We need to stop eating the marshmallows

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of one.

Only about one-third of the children successfully delayed … More>

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Worried about privacy? How about Common Core?

July 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” an effort to implement a set of education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.… More>

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Essential parenting

July 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is missing, too bad. What … More>

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Competition is Rapidly Changing College

June 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Is the traditional college doomed? More and more people think so. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are threatening to shake up higher education by bringing primarily non-credit courses from college professors to the world at no cost. The California state … More>

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Get Government Out of the Student-Debt Business

May 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student … More>

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The Dividends of $elf-Control

December 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Job Advice for College Students in Tough Times!

October 31, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Battle for the Mind, The DNA of Greatness


Fifty percent of college students today are either unemployed or underemployed. Dr. Jim Thrasher, the director of Grove City College’s top-ranked career services office and coordinator of The Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, gives some … More>

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Communism on Parade? High School Marches to Marx and Lenin

September 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.

“What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A … More>

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Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans

August 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student More>

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V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg: “America Is My Home”

July 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Grove City College graduate Sheila More>

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Upheavals in American Education: The Start of Something Big?

March 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

Reform in America’s public schools occurs with seemingly glacial slowness. In the private sector, businesses (including schools) that provide a lousy product quickly lose customers. They either correct their deficiencies or they eventually close. Similarly, if the problem is poor … More>

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Debt Control or Bondage?

October 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or bondage?

It is proverbial that acquiring … More>

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A Child’s Imagination is a Terrible Thing to Waste

September 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

A book review of Anthony Esolen’s “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child,” written exclusively for The University Bookman.

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The Bedroom in the Classroom: Clio is Not Amused

August 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Though my mastery of Greek mythology is not strong enough to know off-hand the muse of history’s sexual orientation, I do know that Clio might try to persuade her father to hurl thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus into Sacramento as punishment … More>

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The Year of School Choice—But Not for African-American Kids in NYC

July 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the “year of school choice.” Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of waiting for the promised effects of “educational reform” on the public … More>

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Overpriced Higher Education

May 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Richard the Hybrid Student

May 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A with Herb Meyer: How to Analyze Information

March 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition,professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Herb Meyer, who from 1981-87 More>

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A Tale of Two Union Disputes: The NFL vs. Wisconsin Teachers

March 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

There are two high-profile labor disputes in the news these days. One involves Wisconsin’s public-school teachers; the other, the National Football League’s players. I mentioned this to a friend, who responded that the NFL dispute was more troublesome. The very … More>

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Education’s Berlin Wall

February 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V FLASHBACK—The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

February 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: As we near the centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan’s birth—and as The Center for Vision & Values prepares for tonight’s Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture by Dr. Bill Bennett (click here to view the live webcastMore>

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Back to School, Back to the Books: The Value Behind Textbooks

August 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive “educationally sound” option. As I have read articles about the burden … More>

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Separation of School and State

May 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The conservative Texas State Board of Education adopted sweeping changes to its social studies textbook curricula on Friday. Among the most controversial changes is the way “separation of church and state” will be presented to students. I wonder what the … More>

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Elizabeth Dole, North Way Pastor to Send Off College’s Largest Graduating Class

May 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College will send off its largest graduating class in school history with a Commencement ceremony headlined by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Dr. Jay Passavant, senior pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, … More>

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The NEA and Healthcare Reform

March 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Our nation’s teachers were unwittingly in the thick of last week’s dramatic healthcare summit hosted by President Obama. Whether they liked it or not, their union dues supported a public relations campaign in favor of big government healthcare.

Politically savvy … More>

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Christopher Klicka: Warrior for Educational and Religious Freedom

October 13, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

A young dark-haired student, Chris Klicka, sat in my U.S. Constitutional History class at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1980. He was an excellent student with a particularly keen interest in questions about religious liberty and how … More>

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Why Don’t Students Like School?

June 10, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The beginning of June brings the onset of summer vacation for children across the United States. The excitement bubbling in their young hearts is easy to understand yet also offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on why students tend to … More>

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Tom Dillon vs. the Relativists

April 22, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Last week, as we at Grove City College held a conference on “Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education,” in which we underscored the struggle against rampant secular relativism in our universities, American higher education lost a true apostle of faith and … More>

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Why Not Manage Universities, Mr. President?

April 14, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

I hear it repeatedly, even from pro-business conservatives:

Hey, I have no sympathy for AIG and the automakers and banks. When you take government money, you can More>

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V&V PAPER — E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator

April 13, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, White Papers

Editor’s note: “E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator” (6,389 words), by Dr. Jason R. Edwards, research fellow with The Center for Vision & Values and an associate professor of education and history at Grove City College.

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More Bailouts, More Fed

March 25, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In the last week, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve each announced a major policy initiative for the stated purpose of reversing our economic woes. Don’t hold your breath.

The Treasury’s gambit is a proposed public-private partnership to remove … More>

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Viva La Revolucion

January 27, 2009 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

Last week, before an audience of millions of Americans, the new president made a telling statement. Alluding to the American founders, President Barack Obama, in his … More>

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V&V Q&A: America’s Economic Illiteracy Epidemic

December 12, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Educational Choice for the Obamas—What About Others?

December 1, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.

There is no argument about that. Sasha and Malia will attend Sidwell Friends School—private, religious, … More>

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Whatever Happened to the “Education President?”

November 3, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The last three presidents clamored for the title but in 2008, the economy, terrorism, and “Saturday Night Live” skits have pushed education out of the media’s election circus.

However, since Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976, American schooling has proven to … More>

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The Search for “Higher” Education

May 15, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, spring always marks the flocking of parents with their high-school senior children to my college classroom. Nobly, parents take their charges on multiple tours of colleges and universities in order to make an informed choice … More>

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More or Less?

April 14, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Thank you, Rahm Emanuel! Mr. Emanuel, a Democratic congressman from Illinois and former senior policy adviser to President Clinton, recently published several election-year policy proposals on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal.

The timing of Emanuel’s article … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Church and State and Public Education (with Dr. Jason Edwards)

March 26, 2008 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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The Sky is Falling: Blame the Christians

November 2, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Sometimes my teenage daughter reacts to my wise sayings with her own form of wisdom. She says, “You know, sometimes, you just say words.”Although I am not completely sure my translation is correct, I think she means that she didn’t … More>

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Q&A with Dinesh D’Souza

October 15, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: This Q&A was completed and posted in October 2007. The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker More>

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The Best Farm Policy is the Free Market

October 10, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

As Congress haggles over the farm bill, it is time again to consider updating the legislation. The Agriculture Adjustment Act, passed “to relieve the … national economic emergency” of the Great Depression has been the basis for most major agricultural … More>

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The Challenge for the Liberal Arts

September 6, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In a recent column, I warned that private liberal arts colleges must adapt if they wish to survive and thrive in today’s economy. In making the point that they need to repackage the liberal arts curriculum to improve the employability … More>

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Educators: Is it Time for a New Question?

March 25, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Proficient … basic … state assessment tests … standards. The educational world as well as the world outside the classroom resounds with this terminology, all in the name of “accountability.” Even students throw around these terms with ease, well-aware of … More>

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Flaming Farewell

June 7, 2006 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

June’s arrival marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its … More>

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Gas or Education?

May 4, 2006 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Gas prices, as everyone knows, are on the rise. The jump has affected just about everyone, certainly anyone with a car. Yet, the rise has also had an impact on the most unexpected areas, such as, of all things, private … More>

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Sexually Transmitted Depression – The New STD?

November 29, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Nearly every discussion about sexual education focuses on preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. However, recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that, especially for girls, the discussion needs to include a third negative possibility: depression.… More>

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Response to the Dover, PA Trial Concerning Intelligent Design

October 25, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The Dover Area School District in York County, Pennsylvania is seeking to require that science students be told that Darwin’s theory of evolution is (as it says) a theory and “not a fact,” and that intelligent design is “an explanation … More>

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Are There Any Good Colleges Left?

October 24, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Dear Vision & Values Concise Readers,

Here’s an article by Jennifer Biddison at Townhall.com, the leading source for conservative news and commentary, that gets the story straight about Grove City College. If you know high school students or parents who … More>

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Fewer Teachers; More Coaches

October 22, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

America needs fewer teachers and more coaches.

After twenty-three years of schooling, I have seen my fair share of teachers and perhaps the best was my dissertation advisor Dr. John R. Thelin. As would be expected, Dr. Thelin brought to … More>

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A Thankful Michael Newdow

September 16, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Upon learning that a federal judge issued an order against the Elk Grove (CA) United School District to forbid even the voluntary recitation of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, lawsuit instigator Michael Newdow said this: “A federal judge … More>

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Choosing Sides: The PTA Chooses PFLAG

June 14, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

For years, the National Education Association has taken teachers’ dues money and pursued left of center social advocacy objectives. And now, another acronym in the American educational establishment, the National Parent Teacher Association has joined the NEA in choosing sides … More>

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The Return of the Parents

May 17, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Students are approaching the final days of this educational year but increasingly parents are heading back to school. While many students will soon be thinking of summer jobs, administrators, teachers and parents will not be getting a break. Controversies involving … More>

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One Side Fits All? Not in Montgomery County, Maryland

May 12, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In a ruling that may create ripples throughout the nation’s public schools, Federal District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. decided on May 5 to issue a temporary restraining order directing the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools to halt planned field … More>

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Teach Respect?

April 11, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Well, soon schools will be taking another well deserved break from academics and plunge headlong into political advocacy. Yes, Virginia there is a Day of Silence and it is coming to a school near you.

The DOS is an advocacy … More>

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Education Means Emancipation: Poverty and Schooling, the Hope and Reality

April 4, 2005 | by | Topic: Conference Papers, The Battle for the Mind

CVV Inaugural Conference
The Road From Poverty to Freedom: A Look Backward and Forward at the War on Poverty
(Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters)

“Education Means Emancipation: Poverty and Schooling, the Hope and Reality”
By … More>

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The Berlin Wall of the College Classroom

March 15, 2005 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

“We’re going to lead the world to fight for freedom.” — George W. Bush, exchange with reporters, September 19, 2001

“I truly believe that out of this [September 11] will come more order in the world—real progress to peace in … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Blue School Board Fails Lesson

November 19, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Montgomery County, Maryland is a blue county. Next door to Washington, D.C., the county went 66 percent to 33 percent for Senator Kerry in the recent election. So when the Montgomery County School Board rubber stamped a set of committee … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Hopeful Solutions to Teenage Pregnancy

September 21, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

One of the most contentious debates in education — sex education, contraceptives vs. abstinence — has become more important. At least four studies have found that there is a meaningful number of adolescent women who desire to become pregnant in … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: The Tale of Two Reports: Are Schools Safe or Not?

July 23, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Election years are the times that try economists’ souls. Practically everyone with his hat in the ring will promise us this and promise us that and promise us everything under the sun, more often than not implying that, by the … More>

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The NEA and the Educator Sexual Misconduct Report

July 20, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Just in time for the beginning of the annual convention of the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of Education released on June 30 a report suggesting that 4.5 million students may be victims of educator sexual misconduct during their … More>

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Too Many Hummingbirds, Too Few Eagles

May 19, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

One day religious scribes were questioning Jesus and one of them asked Him which is the greatest of all the commandments.  The man who Christians believe is the Messiah responded to his inquisitor:

“The first of all the commandments is,… More>

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Not an Editorial — A Survey on Gay Marriage Public School Curriculum

March 8, 2004 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Curriculum has been developed by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) to teach high school students about same sex marriage. I would like to know your opinions about public schools and teaching concerning same sex marriage. The GLSEN … More>

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The Morality of Math

October 28, 2003 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Math tutoring for elementary school students is at the center of Pennsylvania’s continuing budget fights. The governor wants to raise taxes for new school programs, including math tutoring. The Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are not interested in raising … More>

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Touching the Future with Peter the Great and the All Drunken Sobar of Fools and Jesters

October 13, 2003 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

As I pulled into the campus parking lot last Wednesday morning it struck me that ambushes in Baghdad resemble those that plagued our troops in the jungles of Vietnam a generation ago. While I walked from the car to my … More>

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National Education Association Fails Tolerance Test

July 8, 2003 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Class, let’s match wits with the NEA. Answer the following multiple-choice question:

Tolerance can best be defined as:

a. the acceptance of the differing views of other people and fairness toward the people who hold different views

b. active suppression … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Maintaining Liberty: A 21st Century Challenge

April 1, 2003 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: On January 25, 2003, Dr. Walter Williams delivered these remarks at Grove City College in the Sticht Lecture Hall at the dedication of the new Hall of Arts and Letters, a $21 million, 40-classroom building, which also houses More>

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VISION & VALUES: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

December 1, 2001 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Mailings

Editor’s Note: The following lecture was presented at Grove City College on September 6, 2001 as part of the 125th Anniversary Speaker Series.

Introduction
People who think Christian scholarship is outrageous may be divided, broadly speaking, into two camps. First … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Higher Education and the Burger King Society

November 1, 2000 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. John H. Moore, president of Grove City College, delivered the following speech to The Discussion Club in St. Louis, Missouri, in March 2000.

Introduction
At a recent national meeting of college presidents, the keynoter, Sally Helgesen, spoke … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Racial Preferences in Higher Education: What We Know

April 1, 2000 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, Vision & Values Mailings

Introduction
I opened my Grove City College Bulletin and the first thing I saw was a notice of a non-discriminatory policy. “Grove City College is a private educational institution. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, … More>

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