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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures while speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures while speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)  

Ron Paul launches his own home-school curriculum

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has launched his own K-12 home-school curriculum to provide an “education in liberty like no other.”

The curriculum, which includes courses on “the economics of the Austrian school,” provides its K-5 program for free, meaning that students and families will be able to learn under Ron Paul for six years “without spending a dime,” according to one of the curriculum’s high school teachers, Ludwig von Mises Institute senior fellow Tom Woods.

“Here, students learn the basics of Western Civilization and Western liberty — how it was won, how it is being lost, and how it will be restored. (Not can . . . will.),” RonPaulCurriculum.com declares.

“Students also learn the basics of American history, the United States Constitution, and American geography. They get two courses on free market economics. They get two courses on government, including a how-to course on reclaiming America, one county at a time.”

The curriculum also provides courses in science and mathematics.

The curriculum for grades 6-10 should be available by September 2, and the entire K-12 curriculum is expected to be completed by December 2015.

An introductory video by director of curriculum development Gary North explains that Paul’s curriculum will “teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility,” and will teach students both “the history of liberty” and also about “liberty’s rivals.” It will also teach about the Constitution and how the Constitution “has been hijacked.”

The curriculum will rely solely on primary source documents, not textbooks, which North claims “are screened by committees” and “dumb down the material.”

Students will also learn how to create their own YouTube channels and their own home businesses.

Paul is the latest in a series of conservative public figures to design their own educational programs for the youth of America. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich currently hosts “Newt University,” an online college course for Kaplan Higher Education Corporation. Gingrich recently devoted a lesson to the subject of driverless cars.

Conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck has announced that he is planning an ambitious $2 billion Texas compound called Independence, USA. Inspired by the vision of Walt Disney, Beck’s Independence, USA claims it will incorporate a theme park, a marketplace where craftsmen and artisans can run their own small businesses, a multi-denominational church, a media center to train journalists, and a research and development center where people will be educated in the principles of liberty.

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