It is here. The Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum. They are already signing people up. It will start on September 2, 2013. I’m guessing there will be some bugs to work out at the beginning. I’m also guessing that there will be a lot more material added as time goes on.
I can’t think of a better use for Ron Paul’s time and energy. Actually, I don’t know how much time he really has to put into it. It is being headed up by Gary North. They will have teachers like Tom Woods, the great libertarian. Tom Woods is one of the clearest thinkers I have read or heard. It is good to have him on our side.
So maybe Ron Paul is just giving his name to this project. I don’t know how much time he will put in overseeing the whole project. Either way, as long as it is done well, it will be a great thing.
This really sums up Ron Paul’s life. This whole project actually represents virtually everything that needs to be done for greater liberty. It is quite symbolic in this way.
The Ron Paul homeschool curriculum does the following:
- It focuses on education, rather than politics.
- It takes a long-term view, instead of thinking we can push a magic button and achieve liberty overnight.
- It encourages parents to turn away from the state. And what issue could be more important than their own children?
- It does not seek any subsidies from the state.
- It is a product being sold in the free market, where parents are willing to pay money in exchange for a service. In this case, the service is a better education for their children.
These are just a few of the benefits of this project. Ironically, as happens so often in the free market, part of it is free. You can get the curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade and you won’t have to pay anything. This may be a gimmick to get people to try it. It may result in more sales for the higher grades. It may be to get parents to try it and spread the word to others. Maybe it is just a free gift to the cause of liberty. Or maybe the reasoning behind the free part is a combination of some or all of these things.
Does this matter? Again, it is voluntary exchange. Someone could use the program up until 5th grade and then stop. They wouldn’t pay a dime. There are free loaders in everything. But how many people will realistically do this? The price is not outrageous after that. Any parent that homeschools their child until 5th grade is likely to sacrifice a small price each year to continue it, particularly if they like it and agree with the overall philosophy.
This is truly a grassroots project. Imagine if they sign up 50,000 children. Imagine if it is 100,000. We could have a large group of children growing up with a free market education. They won’t learn Keynesianism, except to learn that it is illogical. They might learn some of the real history in America and the world. They will learn that the government is not the answer to our problems. They will learn to be responsible and to think independently. This literally could help change the world.
We should learn from this project. We don’t need to elect the “right” politicians. We don’t need to change things overnight. We need to take a long-term view and understand that we will get greater liberty as more people understand the benefits of liberty. The Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum will help tremendously.