Ron Paul may have left the House of Representatives, but the libertarian icon is far from done working to bring more Americans to the cause of liberty. The former Congressman’s latest audience, however, will not be legislators on Capitol Hill or crowds of voters; rather, Paul is taking small government ideology to the segment of the American population that many a politician has termed “our future.”
At a time when the debate over the amount of government intrusion in schools is continually a hot topic, Paul has launched his own home-school curriculum for students whose parents want to avoid having their children educated to Federal standards.
Not only does the curriculum offered up by the politician-turned-polemicist offer parents the benefit of protecting children from government indoctrination in the schoolhouse, but it also provides an alternative curriculum that promises to provide “education in liberty like no other.” While offering courses of study for K-12 students in the basics, Paul’s program of study also includes some things government-run schools often leave out (mostly to keep the population from being educated enough to understand the folly of allowing government total control over anything).
A quick overview of some of the materials provided on the Paul Curriculum website makes clear that students will be enlightened by the ideas of great Austrian economists and encouraged to be self-made citizens as well as vocal defenders of liberty. Alongside reading, writing and arithmetic are lessons on starting a home-based business and creating a successful social media presence.
Historian and Economist Gary North, the program’s director of curriculum, put it simply that the educational track is designed to “teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility” and give students the tools to recognize threats to their rights.
“Students will be exposed to thinkers they would never encounter in a government school. They will know history and economics better than anyone their age,” libertarian political and economic powerhouse Lew Rockwell writes in an opinion piece about the program for The Daily Bell.
North notes on the curriculum website that accreditation is not in the cards for the program of study, saying: “It is a sign of the almost overwhelming surrender of parents to the state that the parents, while saying they are fleeing from the state’s schools, desperately want to use a curriculum that is accredited by the state. They are terrified of their own ability, meaning their inability, to teach their own children. They have no confidence in themselves. They do not have confidence that they can look at a curriculum, and then decide whether that curriculum is good or bad. The state has completely bamboozled them.”
But, given the idea behind the Paul curriculum, lack of government approval will likely not provide much of a turnoff for liberty devotees. And any indication that the course of study may be half-baked is quickly put down by reports that Paul has been thinking about and working on the curriculum with the help of libertarians like economist, author and historian Thomas Woods since 1971.
Paul also offers something government run schools never will: a guarantee.
From the website:
Membership in this program comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
If at any time, a student or a paying parent thinks that this site’s program is not worth the money, he can cancel and get a full refund. This is good for a full academic year, plus one month: ten months. All he has to do is send an email asking for the refund on the day he cancels.
I want everyone who signs up for this curriculum to be to happy. I am confident that most students will see the value of it. But no one can please everyone, as I discovered in Congress. So, I want everyone to know that I bear 100% of the financial risk.
This offer also applies to each of the courses, for which there is a fee. They also come with a 100% money-back guarantee. The same time limit also applies: nine months.
The Ron Paul Revolution, it seems, has only just begun.