Monday, April 8, 2013

Homeschooling: The Future of Liberty

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Dr. Ron Paul

A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education. Dictators recognize the danger that free thought 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.

Sadly, these Nazi-era restrictions on parental rights remain the law in Germany, leaving parents who wish greater control over their children’s education without options. That is why in 2006 Uwe and Hannalore Romeike, a German couple who wanted to homeschool their three children for religious reasons, sought asylum in the United States. Immigration judge Lawrence Burman upheld their application for asylum, recognizing that the freedom of parents to homeschool was a “basic human right.”

Unfortunately, the current US administration does not see it that way, and has announced that it is appealing Judge Burman's decision. If the administration is successful, the Romeikes could be sent back to Germany where they will be forced to send their children to schools whose teaching violates their religious beliefs. If they refuse, they face huge fines, jail time, or even the loss of custody of their children!


The Administration’s appeal claims that the federal government has the constitutional authority to ban homeschooling in all fifty states. The truth is, the Constitution gives the federal government no power to control any aspect of education. Furthermore, parents who, like the Romeikes, have a religious motivation for homeschooling should be protected by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

The federal government’s hostility to homeschooling is shared by officials at all levels of government. Despite the movement’s success in legalizing homeschooling in every state, many families are still subjected to harassment by local officials. The harassment ranges from “home visits" by child protective agencies to criminal prosecution for violating truancy laws.

Every American who values liberty should support the homeschoolers’ cause. If the government can usurp parental authority over something as fundamental as the education of their children, there is almost no area of parenthood off limits to government interference.

Homeschooling has proven to be an effective means of education. We are all familiar with the remarkable academic achievements, including in national spelling bees and other competitions, by homeshcooled children. In addition, homeschooled students generally fare better than their public school educated peers on all measures of academic performance.

It makes sense that children do better when their education is controlled by those who know their unique needs best, rather than by a federal bureaucrat. A strong homeschooling movement may also improve other forms of education. If competition improves goods and services in other areas of life, why wouldn't competition improve education? A large and growing homeschooling movement could inspire public and private schools to innovate and improve.

When the government interferes with a parent's ability to choose the type of education that is best for their child, it is acting immorally and in manner inconsistent with a free society. A government that infringes on the rights of homeschooling will eventually infringe on the rights of all parents. Homeschooled children are more likely to embrace the philosophy of freedom, and to join the efforts to restore liberty. In fact, I would not be surprised if the future leaders of the liberty movement where homeschooled.

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.

Visit Ron Paul's site The-Free-Foundation.org where this article first appeared.


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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

ron paul: 9/11 cover up criminal. NWO controlled opposition. what a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

ENOUGH WITH THE Z.O.G. SLOP POOPAGANDA AND "GERMANY" AS THE EXAMPLE, SELF RESPONSABILITY IS FORBIDDEN AND ILLEGAL IN MAJORITY OF Z.O.G. SLOP SHITHOLES "GERMAN" IS ONE OF MANY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS SITUATION THAN BE INTELLECTUALLY HONEST VERSUS A POOPAGANDIST SKANK

Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system; others, such as Germany,[1] have outlawed it entirely. Brazil has a law project in process. In other countries, while not restricted by law, homeschooling is not socially acceptable or considered undesirable and is virtually non-existent. ....... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling_international_status_and_statistics

iamlightagain said...

This article needs to be available to every family in the world. If Ron Paul and Tom Woods have put together a homeschooling program based in true libertarian ideology, than whoa-be-hold the agony of the world run-its agenda of filling our children's heads full of enslavement garbage.

Freedom at last for this next generation that will be able to think for their self, out of the box, self dependent and learn self responsibility and realize that they have very little need from a nanny state government, but to give the respect or rejection to others as they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Lame.

I would like to see how the Ron Paul physics class deals with the 911 lie that he supports.
This guy is a fraud.

Anonymous said...

Paul is a Masonic TRAITOR!

I'm sick of his passive little whimper... fuck these hypocrites!

Anonymous said...

It's because of people like you and the backlash it would have brought him. He stated that it was too much for him to take on while taking on the fed. You scoffers could not even support him on that.

Jordan said...

I think homeschooling definitely affords more control over what your child takes in as fact. However we must consider the social aspect of homeschooling. Its been my experience that homeschooled kids tend to be socially awkward or antisocial with other children they aren't related to.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is a physician, author & statesman. He served in the AF as a surgeon plus after as an OB-GYN delivered babies.

He fought at every chance he got to save the Bill of Rights & preserve the Constitution.

To all on here with unsupported accusations - I ask, What have you done lately for your country?

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul NEVER stated that he was too busy with the Fed to deal with 911 lies.
He simply supported the Bush/Obama big lie about 911 repeatedly.

Many people support efforts to end the Fed, who also understand the big 911 lie. The idea that RP cannot do both at the same time is beyond absurd.

Because RP still is actively involved in the fake corrupt two party con game, he is not allowed to tell the truth about 911. Anyone who cannot see that must have his head buried deep in the sand.

Anonymous said...

"It is disturbing to realize how very far this nation, and much of the Western world, has fallen from the fiery spirit which threw off the yokes of ancient tyrannies in the 18th and 19th centuries, ushering in the Age of Enlightenment.

That light now dims because we are all too willing to take "Give me liberty or give me death!" and Newspeak convert it to, "Give me liberty at any cost except personal discomfort or civic involvement." This is how it comes to be that good men stand and say nothing, how in fact we came to be where we are now."

~ David Thomas 1/18/98

http://vho.org/GB/c/DC/cole.html

15 years later and where we are now is far worse than back then.

Now those good men and women who do stand up and speak the truth are increasingly being defined as potential terrorists.

"New World Order" at it's finest.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

Personally I do not support homeschooling in general, but in the face of the existing national and supranational(U.N) (de)education programs it is the best option available for critical thinking people today.

To have a strong and cohesive society, whether "conservative" or "liberal", there must be a national curriculum for education in my opinion.

But that curriculum should focus on promoting student's critical thinking skills by encouraging them to question any and every aspect of everything they are taught.

In doing so our young people will learn HOW to think rather than just WHAT to think, as the current system is designed to do.

This was the original noble objective behind the National Socialist's ban on homeschooling(and to combat Bolshevik communist ideologies), but massive war soon changed it into something more malevolent as promoting/indoctrinating loyalty and obedience to National Socialist German systems became the primary objective in war time.

The only reason that ban remains in effect today in Germany, ironically enough, is to combat any potential recurrence of National Socialist ideology.

It's almost as ironic as the fact that in order to combat any recurrence of National Socialist ideology modern Germany actually bans and literally burns more books than the National Socialists did back then(fascism to combat fascism, really?).

A national education system that promotes critical thinking and encourages further "self-education" outside of standard schooling would be the best option in my view.

As far as I can tell from perusing the website Ron Paul's system here still focuses on teaching people what to think rather than how to think for themselves.

But until the "NWO" has been defeated any option that removes children from their indoctrination centers is acceptable to me.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

We home-schooled our sons through grade school, and it was a roaring succes. I cannot think of any down side to it. When we did place them into public high school, to grow their social skillls, not to improve theit learning, they breezed right through. They were 2-3 years ahead of their high school classmates. The high school teachers themselves were impressed, and saw home schooling as a good thing. One son went on through college and is now a high scool teacher. The other son works at a technology job.

Home schooling is completely legal in most US states, with varying degrees of restrictions, none of them onerous. Home schooling was even publically encouraged by Don Sundquist, the governor of our state of TN at the time. By registering with a church-operated affiliate (A-BEKA) and following their curriculum, we were left alone and never hassled by government agents.

Among the many advantages: You can adjust your kids' schedule to your own, if you work evenings or nights for example. You can take a vacation any time, you don't have to wait for their school to let them out. If you stop to see places of historic, culutural, or scientific interest along the way, it counts as a school day. The kids can go at their own speed and not have to wait for the most slow-witted moron in the room to get it. (this, by the way, is behind a lot of the so-called ADD and ADHD. I know, I was one myself. I caught on in minutes but still had to endure the rest of the class. Fortunately, back then, my teachers recognized the problem and allowed me to go into the library and read.) You can throw in all sorts of related learnings, as their curiousity leads them, which they would lose out on in public school. And, most importantly, they get the critical thinking skills.

Think about it: any school that is operated by the goobernment is going to teach that the goobernment is the solution for every problem.

Anonymous said...

I would treat Ron Paul's curriculum with circumspection, personally. 'Rent seeking' is the phrase that comes to mind. I can only speak for the UK but tens of thousands of families here educate their children successfully outside of the school system without the need to buy a curriculum. I would always think carefully about the motives of a politician looking to market such a curriculum.

Anonymous said...

You haven't met my children. They are well-mannered, sociable, outgoing, interesting people. Next to my articulate, relaxed, amiable children, the unhealthy socialization that children in most schools recieve is glaring. I have met awkward homeschooled kids, and I have met awkward kids who go to school. How do you know that homeschooling is the cause of social awkwardness? Who's to say they wouldn't be MORE awkward in the traditional school's social pressure cooker? Bullying victims?
My kids go to multiple enrichment and extracurricular activities, and are out in the real world doing real things during the day. When a group of school kids are in a place we are, such as the aquarium or another field trip locale, the contrast is stark. My children are engaged and enthusiastic, in the moment, excitedly asking the staff questions, communicating with other guests. The bored-looking school kids are following the prescribed tour, listening to the bored-looking teacher drone state-sponsered curriculum tie-ins to what they are seeing around them, divorced from the novelty of new sights and sounds. Im sure they will have worksheets later.After the lunch on the courtyard, where noone is allowed to walk around, and admire the flowers, lounge on the grass and feel the exhilaration of sunshine and youth. Lots of them are acting up, or about to. And wouldn't you? Those kids look at my kids like they are aliens. It's not a mark of health to be well-adjusted to an insane enviroment. School is an artificial enviroment, and it isnt healthy for healthy kids. Or their teachers.

Anonymous said...

Im a bit sad that you and others look at homeschooling as though it is merely a shoddy second-tier option. Even if we had excellent schools, it'd be our first choice. We have a blast being together, learning as a family, with other, like-minded families. Mainstream children and teenagers frighten me, thinking toward the future. What about the youth coming up today who think raping a girl on film and posting it to facebook and you tube is ok? And somehow, not rape? Stubenville? Cyber and face-to-face bullying, mindless consumption, promiscuity, drug abuse. I dont think society is at the place where one could expect that something as simple as cohesive curriculum change will "fix"it.
The family is where it all starts, and when a kid grows up full of factory food, vaccines, mainstream media, poorly paid child minders, tired and sleeping parents, socialized by their underparented peers, it is a recipe for disaster.
Totally agree in teaching kids to think for themselves. Question everything. That is what I do 24/7 with my own.
Peace back, warmly, and respectfully,
e

Anonymous said...

I don't see much in the way of objections to homeschooling here. It is the Ron Paul fraud hitching his wagon to it that people object to.
Rightly so.

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