The indefatigable Ron Paul is certainly keeping busy these days. In truth, since his departure from the Republican presidential primary last year, we haven’t really heard much from him. But at least now we know why: the former congressman’s been spending his days designing and refining his own unique, libertarian-themed homeschool curriculum. Fox News has more:
Ron Paul is retired from public office but has found a new way to spread his libertarian message – an online, home-school program that is based on the “history of liberty” and teaches the “biblical principles of self-government.”
The former Texas Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate is offering the program, called the "Ron Paul Curriculum," free to parents and students in kindergarten through fifth grade. However, Paul, following his own belief in a free-market economy, is charging those wishing to continue through the 12th grade.
The 77-year-old Paul -- whose spirited 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns inspired legions of young libertarians -- has assembled a faculty-staff that includes author Tom Woods.
“For people who have been wondering what Ron Paul has been up to since retiring from Congress, then here’s your answers,” Woods said in announcing the start of the program. “This, I am convinced, will prove to be Ron Paul’s most significant contribution to the cause of liberty.”
Notably, the curriculum will not include textbooks -- the focus instead will be on primary documents -- in part because traditional, state-sanctioned course materials are supposedly dumbed down and “screened by committees”:
The program includes instructional videos to help teach the eclectic curriculum -- with generic classes ranging from reading to note-taking to public speaking, as well as more Ron Paul-esque courses like Austrian School economics. From the candidate whose online support base helped drive his campaigns is also a class on how to start a YouTube channel.
Paul, a Libertarian presidential candidate in 1988, has also brought on Gary North, his first Capitol Hill research assistant, to be development director of the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Not missing an opportunity to question authority, the Paul team dismisses the program’s lack of government accreditation and textbooks, which they say are “screened by committees.”
Congressman Paul never really struck me as an outspoken advocate for education reform; I do, however, remember him absolutely railing about the debt, the deficit and the unprecedented federal spending binges of the past two administrations. But this new initiative certainly jibes with (and perhaps even serves as one possible solution for) his outspoken distaste for wasteful government spending on American public schools. And while it’s hard to know exactly how many parents will take advantage of his free, K-5 curriculum when it finally launches, my hunch is that many liberty-minded American families -- many of whom are sick and tired of the status quo -- might give it a shot. Here’s the introductory video for those interested in learning more: