I believe so strongly in the homeschooling movement that I have just announced my own curriculum for homeschooling families. Please visit this revolutionary new project at http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com.–Ron Paul on the-free-foundation.org
Usually I would say this is a good thing. Homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding forms of education around (so long as the parents are involved and also willing to put in the time and effort needed). For instance I always recommend The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer for anyone considering homeschooling… it is a reasoned, balanced, and in depth curriculum for homeschooling that stresses critical thinking and reading primary sources.
And at first glance the program Ron Paul is pushing seems to be that…what with things like:
It should be an academically rigorous curriculum that is tied to primary source documents — not textbooks. Textbooks are screened by committees. They dumb down the material.
If your child completes the entire curriculum — which runs from K through 12 — here is what he or she should be able to do, again quoting.
Speak in public and speak confidently
But then you see things like:
“It should provide a thorough understanding of Austrian school economics.”
And I think as a Chicago school monetarist, isn’t that just as bad as Keynesian indoctrination…maybe teach them Keynesian, Chicago, and Austrian principles and trust that reason will work…(and then I remember that if we’re trusting reason, that would lead them to the Chicago school, and those Austrians can’t have any of that).
But it gets worse….
It should teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility, which is also the foundation of the free market economy.
Ummm… am I the only one that remembers the self-government things can more be traced to Athens, and Aristotle, and the Enlightenment? Certainly many of the ethics of the Bible lead to the ethics or capitalist democratic-republics…but the Bible wasn’t enough for republican limited government—there were other parts involved.
So this leads one to take a closer look at the person actually in charge of the project that Ron Paul is championing? Well on the page of instructors is this guy named Gary North.
And this is where it gets fun. And by “fun,” I mean unspeakably terrifying. I pulled this quote off of Gary North’s own web side, garynorth.com
So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we trak up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political, and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God. Murder, abortion, and pornography will be illegal. God’s law will be enforced. It will take time. A minority religion cannot do this. Theocracy must flow from the hearts of a majority of citizens, just as compulsory education came only after most people had their children in schools of some sort. But religious anarchy, like “democratic freedom” in ancient Greece, is a temporary phenomenon; it lasts only as long as no single group gets sufficient power and accepted authority to abandon the principle.
I’m going to give you a few seconds to re-read that. Several times. Because I’m sure you’re thinking he can’t actually be advocating a complete theocracy that will destroy all opposing religions. But yes, yes he is. This guy wants a Christian Caliphate to wipe out all the non-Christians. This guy makes Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum’s rhetoric look stable (I’m not sure if Ricky is stable, I suspect he may be in favor of this, but at least he has the good sense not to say it aloud). Gary North is the psycho-Christian that the entire left thinks all Republicans are. This is the Taliban of Christianity.
And this is the guy Ron Paul wants to create a home schooling system for the next generation.
Take a moment to think about this. If the Paulbots had had their way, Gary North might have been Secretary of Education. Even though Ron Paul never stood a serious chance, that he even came as close as he did, that should scare the shit out of you.
Now what is more frightening is when you consider how many Paulbots there are who follow the word of their master blindly (I mean they overlooked the racism and the anti-Semitism). We have enough issues in this nation trying to fight the left without also having to fight blindly following groups of libertarian-theocrats (yes I know, those terms should be opposed to each other just on the face of it, but let’s be honest here, in real life, people are a mass of contradiction). Think of it Paulbots, but now they’re also motivated by religious fervor—if this gets any traction, it is possible it could be more insane than Westboro.
I’m not saying everything this man is going to put out is wrong, nor should homeschooling not be considered if you have the time and resources…but I don’t think anyone should blindly follow whatever program Ron Paul and Gary North put out.