Cultural renewal is a generational project, and therefore an educational project. Guest Ian Lindquist suggests that Americans looking for signs of hope that such a project remains achievable should look to a growing network of primary and secondary schools preparing young Americans for life in a free society. These schools compose what is now called the classical-education movement; Ian believes the story of their success provides valuable lessons about how Americans can rise to meet the challenges posed by cultural, social, and institutional decay.

Ian is the executive director of the Public Interest Fellowship and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in D.C. Before coming to Washington, he served as a middle- and high-school teacher, as well as assistant headmaster, with Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix, Arizona.

This podcast discusses themes from Ian’s essay in the Fall 2019 issue of National Affairs,“Classical Schools in Modern America.”


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  1. Boney Cole Member
    Boney Cole

    Cannot download or hear it on the page.

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  2. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    Boney Cole (View Comment):

    Cannot download or hear it on the page.

    Thanks. There was an error in the URL for the audio file. I have fixed it.

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  3. Dr. Strangelove Thatcher
    Dr. Strangelove

    Excellent, important subject. 


    Thank you

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