And he's doing it with a home schooling kit.
Home schooling kits are all the rage nowadays. Why expose your kids to a public school where they might be inundated with ideas you disagree with when you can force your own on them? Kirk Cameron has one, for example, that emphasizes Biblical learnings and that everything going wrong with the world is the fault of the gays and people like me who support the gays. Paul's isn't as nuts, but that's hardly praise right there.
On Sunday, Paul posted his vision statement: "A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education (He thinks our education system is controlled by ANYONE? -- G). Dictators recognize the danger that free through poses to their rule, and few things promote the thinking of "unapproved" thoughts like an education controlled by parents instead of the state. That is why the National Socialist (Nazi) government of Germany outlawed homeschooling in 1938."
Unbelievably, Fox News is questioning this whole thing. FOX NEWS! Jeez! Us!
So anyway, Paul isn't the only one with a ticket on this ego trip. There's a fellow by the name of Gary North. North, a Christian fundamentalist who thinks gays and non-believers should be stoned to death, was Paul's research assistant back in 1976. North is now Director of Curriculum Development for The Ron Paul Curriculum. He and Paul agreed to four goals for the curriculum, and these are direct quotes --
* It should teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility, which is also the foundation of the free market economy.
* It should be based on a detailed study of the history of liberty as well as liberty's rivals, in Western civilization and the United States.
* It should provide a thorough understanding of Austrian school economics.
* 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. (The courses would be taught online with periodic quizzes and YouTube videos. -- G)
So all you folks with liberal arts degrees? You will soon no longer be looked down on smugly by others.
Ah, I'm dominating the conversation here! Where are my manners? Mr. North? You're on the air.
Oh, and by the way, negative comments on the YouTube thread get nuked. For a bunch of 1st Amendment absolutists, they seem a bit unclear.
Grades K through 5 would be free, the others would be $250 a year. The only part of the site nearing completion is the K level, which should be ready in September. The other grades aren't ready yet, but I think we can get an idea where this is going. Mr. North already offers a homeschooling course for high schoolers, but the goal isn't to get them to graduate. Say what? Say yeah! Sayeth Mr. North:
"If a student finishes high school at (say) 16 or 17, then it's time to find a mentor who will apprentice the high school graduate locally. The student gets a technical skill that has a market."
Anyone else see the GLARINGLY OBVIOUS FLAWS here?
None of this is accredited, by the way. It's not just because this is a nutso idea, North believes accreditation is "crawl(ing) on our bellies to the state." The student takes CLEP or DSST exams to test out of college, and at 20, the student is considered a college graduate who has paid for his education with what he got on his apprenticeship job. Now he starts a career! But don't think this is nuts. Sayeth Mr. North, "The trade unions resisted this. But they are dead now, outside of government jobs." Among the topics North covers are:
* Your Home Office
* Follow Instructions
* How To Write The Book Review -- "This is a crucial skill. Learn it early."
Paul's totally Web 2.0 curriculum will focus on....
* Speak in public and speak confidently
* Write effectively
* Run a website
* Operate a YouTube channel
* Understand mathematics
* Understand basic science
* Start a home business
* Defend the free market system intellectually (I think he needs a few lessons there himself)
* Understand the history of Western civilization
* Understand American history
* Understand the US Constitution and how it has been hijacked
* Understand the interaction between literature and historical development
* Understand Christianity's influence in the West
* Understand Austrian-school economics
And the hoooooooooooome of the braaaaaaaaaaave....