David Barton has been at war with higher education for many years. Glenn Beck gets involved from time to time but has decided to throw in with Barton’s war in a big way via his charity Mercury One. For $375, students (18-25 years old) can go to Mercury One and learn history from Barton and Beck. According to Beck, when it comes to having historical answers, “I guarantee you the professors in college will have the wrong answer.” Watch:
According to the Mercury One website, students will be taught about the following topics:
- A Biblical Worldview
- The Truth in History
- America’s Godly Heritage
- Early Education in America
- How the Bible Influenced America
- American Exceptionalism
- God and the Constitution
- Reclaiming the Land
When I first began to examine Mercury One, I had respect for Beck’s willingness to use his platform to help rescue religious minorities from ISIS held territories. However, of late, Mercury One has shifted the focus of charitable work to education. Donations are no longer accepted strictly for rescue work. With Barton and Beck trying to expand Barton’s influence through miseducation, I can’t see any reason to donate to the organization.
For students thinking about attending the program, please consider the other skills you could learn during your stay at Mercury One.
- How to omit and add words to the founders to create politically useful quotes.
- How to misattribute pithy quotes to your favorite historical figure (Part one, Part two)
- How to omit pertinent historical facts from your presentations.
- How to turn fiction books into sources of historical facts.
- How to cite only the statistics you need to support your position.
- How to demonize people who point out your mistakes.
- How to cover your tracks when you make an error you don’t want to admit.
- How to make up stories to embellish your personal history (Part one, part two, part three)
- How to use diploma mills to give you an earned doctorate without doing any academic work.