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Ron Paul is a former twelve-term congressman from Texas and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano once called him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day."

After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to 2012. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests."

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455577170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455577170
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation's capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day." After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests." "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles," added a congressional colleague. "Ron Paul is one of those few."

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123 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Hussey on September 18, 2013
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Completing his fourth book in six years, Ron Paul delivers a devastating broadside against the State in this piercing and insightful masterpiece about education. It has many hidden gems, as one would expect from Dr. Paul. However, I found a few shortcomings that are worth mentioning.

In the preface, Ron Paul shares his personal experience, including some facts I did not know about him. In the introduction, Dr. Paul shares his motivations, which do not come as a surprise. He has suggested to us that phase two of the revolution should be education and training of the next generation of students, and to win the battle for hearts and minds one student at a time. From my personal experience, as a Liberty organizer and father of three, I wholeheartedly embrace this concept.

In chapter one, "Educating for Liberty," Dr. Paul asserts that there can be no extension of liberty without personal responsibility. He then shows how the violation of this principle gives license to the Nanny State, which we residents in the People's Republic of Maryland know all too well. People in other states laugh at the tyranny we permit. Further, Dr. Paul shows the linkage between libertarians and conservatives through the issue of education. There is much common ground for both camps to appreciate. The libertarian cannot be free if everyone around him has become a zombie for Big Government. Likewise, the traditional conservative will have neither virtue nor order if the Nanny State is omnipresent. Ron Paul does not directly address these ideas, but conservative-libertarians familiar with the fusionism of the mid-20th century will appreciate the potential for the education issue to reunite the warring factions within the Republican Party. People must once again learn to self-govern if they wish to be free.
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kittrell, author on September 17, 2013
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THE SCHOOL REVOLUTION by Dr. Ron Paul is a contemplative work. And by that, I mean that it endeavors to provoke your consideration to several issues in education while also reminding you of examples and events in recent (and sometimes distant) history. In true Ron Paul style, he demands that people take responsibility for their own lives, learn a little about what's really going on, and take small steps in the right direction. Enough small steps made by enough people have the power to change the world.

IMPRESSIONS

This book is an easy read, and I feel like it flows quite well. Dr. Paul's conversational style resonates throughout the book, and we're given an interesting look at Dr. Paul's life (in politics and in personal life), recent politics and history surrounding the current educational system, and common sense strategies for dealing with many of the issues we face.

Don't let the title turn you off; the revolution described in this book is a very peaceful one, requiring force of will in large quantities and force of arms in no amount. This book is a well-written musing of education past, present, and future, backed by a lifetime of experience, fact, and example.

RECOMMENDATIONS

This is a great book for libertarian- and conservative-minded parents to pick up, in my personal opinion. There is a lot of truth here for people raising kids for the future, a future which will likely see a hugely powerful (and probably nearly invincible) police state. Unless we do something about it.

IN CLOSING

This is the second book I've read of Dr. Paul's, and the first I've reviewed. I didn't review the other because it was quite a while ago and I rarely reviewed anything in those days. However, this one I can and do recommend. If you identify yourself as a libertarian or conservative, I think it will be one of the better reads you find this year.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By kiki on September 18, 2013
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Great read filled with facts about America's broken public school system with simple explanations on how us, as parents, can take the power out of the governments hands and truly educate our own children well beyond the current substandard limitations. The sad fact is our kids are failing miserably. They're being handed diplomas and can barely read and write. This is unacceptable. The recent implementation of The Common Core State Standards is the final nail in the coffin of government run education centers. Opt out/refuse taking these tests, and start taking the steps to private or home school so that one more child doesn't become another brick in the wall.

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By RangerX on September 21, 2013
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DISCLAIMER: I love Ron Paul. In 2007, while flipping through network TV, I stumbled across the GOP debates where a Republican blasphemed against GOP dogma by challenging the legality and ethics of our preemptive wars; he warned our country was on the verge of economic catastrophe. Abandoning pseudo-Marxist tendencies and the Democratic Party, I moved toward anarcho-capitalism. Ron Paul showed the way. However, I'm not a sycophant and will criticize the former congressman when he demonstrates vagaries of reasoning.

Overall Review Summary:

Three stars--Good

As a teacher (and a libertarian) who has documented rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in government schools, I was thrilled to read this book. However, "The School Revolution" was a little disappointing, but I'm probably not the target audience. The first part feels like an overextended intro, and the last part promotes a curriculum that I'd love to work to develop, but for which, as a non-parent, I have no use. The middle hits the target and outlines the way that public education may collapse due to market competition. A lack of citation of evidence continues throughout, resulting in promotional commentary rather than scholarly writing. Having read Rothbard's "Education: Free & Compulsory", Richman's "Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families", and Gatto's
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