The problem with our nation's schools today is not just the low test scores in basic reading and math—which are an obstacle for the economy, not to mention students' futures. The challenge is that K-12 instruction has been hijacked by Critical Theorists who are "skeptical" of representative government and the freedoms we cherish.
The debates over the retelling of America's past, on display in local school board meetings as well as conflicts between the New York Times' 1619 Project and the 1776 Commission, involve not just historical facts, but how Americans define their nation. This battle over our national identity is a cultural battle, involving schools—cultural institutions—and the ideas we all need to share to get along with our neighbors, raise families, and pursue the American Dream. Join us to learn how to fight for your families!
The God who created economic actors and the beliefs that drive their activities is most often blatantly ignored in the field of economics. There is, in fact, vast economic evidence that points the seeker, the skeptic, the Jew, the Gentile, the poor, and the rich alike to the reality of God Almighty―the One who boldly and unilaterally claims not only to have created all things but also to sustain all things. Our guest will join us to examine the evidence. The use of economic thought and data as an apologetic may at first strike you as dry as a two-day-old toast. Still, as you press into the evidence, it will become more and more exciting as you begin to see the world and even your own economic activity through an entirely new perspective. Money―and our personal and collective use of it―can be examined to reveal our faith, or lack thereof, and God’s ever-present reality in our affairs. Our beliefs about God are a primary driver of culture, and that culture is a primary factor in the economy.
Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education in the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute. He has researched and testified on education policy around the U.S. In 2021, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster nominated Jonathan to serve on the board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District. In 2019, Jonathan co-edited and wrote chapters for The Not-So-Great-Society, which provides solutions to the problems created by the ever-expanding federal footprint in preschool, K-12, and higher education. In 2018, the Federal Commission on School Safety cited comments from his testimony in the commission’s final report to the White House. He has appeared on local and national TV outlets, including C-SPAN, Fox News, and HBO’s Vice News Tonight. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Education Week, and National Review Online, along with newspapers around the country.
Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late Larry Burkett. He is the host of a daily radio broadcast, My Money Life, featured on more than 1,000 Christian music and talk stations in the U.S., and an author. His most recent book, Economic Evidence for God: Uncovering the Invisible Hand that Guides the Economy, follows Seven Gray Swans, and Money Problems, Marriage Solutions among others. He also serves on the board of Foundations for Farming in Zimbabwe, an initiative dedicated to helping the ultra-poor learn to flourish using local resources. Chuck is the founder and executive director of the Christian Economic Forum, a global community of high achievers with a higher calling.