Ron Paul is Launching a Homeschool Curriculum to Indoctrinate Young Libertarians

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Ron Paul's final speech in Congress, delivered on the eve of his November retirement from the House, was a libertarian call to arms. The American public has sunk into unconscionable complacency, he said, and allowed themselves to be entranced by material progress while their hard-won liberties were snatched away.

The unprecedented expansion of wealth and prosperity was an illusion built on debt, and it's come crashing down, he went on. "We have ended up with a system that doesn't produce enough even to finance the debt and no fundamental understanding of why a free society is crucial to reversing these trends."

Reclaiming liberty is possible, but it will take a groundswell of citizens who clamor for it. That, in turn, will take education, and not the kind that will be taught in public schools. To properly instill a love of liberty, children need to be home-schooled. And that brings us to the first major venture of Paul's career post-Congress: The Ron Paul Curriculum.

As you've probably already guessed, The Ron Paul Curriculum deviates somewhat from the textbook-and-worksheet model.

For one, it rejects the authority of states to create standards as to what children must be taught; as Paul's curriculum director Gary North puts it, this is "an illegitimate infringement on the right of parents to educate their children." It's also free from kindergarten to the fifth grade, after which parents must pay $250 per year.

Then there's the subject matter. There will be math, science, reading and writing, but all of these will be delivered with a peculiarly Paulian focus. As North, who ranks among the least charismatic human beings in human history, explains in an introductory YouTube video, the curriculum will focus on the study of liberty in Western civilization and the United States and "teach the Biblical principal of self-government and personal responsibility."

And what primary school would be complete without a thorough grounding in the Austrian school of economics?

North expects that students will come away from their schooling with some unique advantages, including the ability to defend the free market system intellectually, an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and "how it has been hijacked," and, of course, a detailed understanding of the Austrian school of economics.

Before you rush to pull your kid out of school, know that the curriculum doesn't actually go live until September 2. Until then, you can prepare your child by having him read Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, which will be a part of the curriculum.

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auntiecairo
auntiecairo

I love how Ron Paul - and now his son Rand - enjoy the benefits of working in government - but are anti-government?  Has Ron Paul given up his cushy health benefits and pension from being in Congress forever?  And where is Rand Paul's bill on term limits, putting Congressional pay in line with budgeting (eg if the government shuts down - so does their pay) - and their insurance benefits need to be the same as other working Americans - not the Cadillac coverage they enjoy courtesy of taxpayers.  

Pukinmucus
Pukinmucus

And CSCOPE Is not indoctrination?

if6were9
if6were9

The Ayn Randian School of Anti-Technology, no Gay Marriage and no Godless Heathen Science has a nice ring to it. 

tuck295q
tuck295q

So.... you liberal, progressive, or pro-education out there that say he wants to indoctrinate kids are basically saying that Khan Academy is an indoctrination camp too? You know, if you read his curriculum, he is getting lots of contents from Khan into a big part of his program as well you know. 


Anyone out there that are studying or not know how amazing Khan Academy is for the source of education at any place.

pak152
pak152

and the public schools aren't indoctrinating the young ones in the ways of liberalism/progressivism?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Selling the home school studies program is a lot easier than practicing medicine, I'm sure.

odd tho, I don't recall reading about a "biblical principal of self-government", especially with all those Kings...anybody know of an election mentioned in the bible?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Or you can keep your kid in the public education / low-end jobs program where the Observer is the text book, and pop quizzes consist of salient quotes from the Backpage.

and everyone gets a passing grade.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Because the liberal platform of: How to file for government benefits is so much better. Right?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@pak152 Based on what ? Care to Prove it ? Catch phrases like you use here are cool but written proof would help when someone confronts a school board member around election time .



roo_ster
roo_ster

@mavdog 

The Bible surely did warn of overweening and overbearing gov't, though.

1 Samuel 8:10-18 (NASB)

10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, “This will be the [a]procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to [b]do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and [c]use them for his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdogThe Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People. - General Prologue to the Wycliffe Translation of the Bible (1384).

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@roo_ster another road to serfdom is conflating free markets with utilities.  If you like libertarians critique of finance, treating the banks like a utility and higher cap gains and top marginal rates are the best way to limit speculation in the market, and to encourage capital intensive production.  I've proved this to you.  Why do you buy into this overly simplified narrative?  I agree with libertarians on civil rights, foreign policy, and free markets, but not all markets are free.  Further, the courts are an essential part of our regulation and our system, limiting it is not conducive to free markets.  Finally, remember that Hayek supported national healthcare.  What you've been exposed to is not the full argument, many libertarians are wolves in sheep's clothing, that's why there are so few open debates among them.

pak152
pak152

@oakclifftownie @pak152 just look at the curriculums being taught in the schools. are they pushing climate change? and if so from a balanced point of view or not. there is plenty of evidence from around the country that public schools are pushing the liberal/progressive point of view. you just need to look. check out the textbooks being used. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx 

ahh, what a layman wrote about the bible,  but not in the bible. like what Paul is doing...

Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

@pak152 @oakclifftownie  You clearly know nothing about the SBOE here in Texas..some of the most retarded and ass backwards stuff you will ever read..they pray before every meeting, which tells you that in Texas, you don't get the "liberal/progressive" anything in public schools.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@pak152 @oakclifftownie again, you need to be more specific.  You're making too broad an accusation from my perspective.  There are many "conservative" ideas that they push too.  Like lower taxes stimulate the economy--you've failed to rebut that, but we still teach that as gospel.  We teach a "conservative" version of American Nationalism, high schools certainly aren't introducing "A People's History"  You may point to multi-culturalism, but we don't really teach that as acerbically as it should be taught.  We teach a pretty simple narrative and I think that's a big part of the problem.  We're teaching fairy tales, and that's dull and, by design, non-compelling. 

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