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The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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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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I start out with that to say that I am getting my graduate degree for free. My tuition is waived, I am paid a stipend, and life is pretty comfortable; nevertheless, I hate the public education system with a passion. It is that which drove me to buy and read this book. I suppose I was expecting it to be a little more political than it turned it out to be: rather than scathing denouncements of the Department of Education (which is only mentioned by name about once or twice), most of this book is a manual on how and why you should homeschool your children.
I think many people recognize the merits of homeschool education, but the big concern I've encountered from people is that they don't want their children to become socially awkward. Ron Paul addresses this concern in a single line from the end of the book when he says that you can simply have your children join community sports leagues, but I already knew that.
I suppose the biggest asset to this book was raising awareness of online education. I suppose I vaguely knew that there were classes offered for free online, but Ron makes passionate arguments for them.
I don't know, I suppose I'm not entirely convinced. I hate the Department of Education and the public education system perhaps just as much as the Fed, but at the same time, I kind of want my children to experience it. I want them to go through public school and realize why it is so terrible. I want them to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers and realize that most people suck and that you have to learn how to deal with it. I want them to go through the same thing as everyone else and realize why it is terrible. For a competent person, the public education system is a sober lesson in what is absolutely wrong with this society and what needs to be fixed.
This doesn't mean I have to ignore my children's education. I want to talk with them about what's going on in public school and help them discover who they are when we have time together. I want to supplement the BS they learn in school with the kind of stuff I'm reading now, not so that I can impart my worldview onto them per se but so that they can see that they're being brainwashed and lied to and that the "real history" and revisionism I'm reading is much more compelling stuff.
I guess I don't entirely agree with Ron Paul's theory about how to defeat the public education system. Now that someone like Trump is in office, it does seem like there can be top-down change. Trump is very pro-local education and has expressed negative sentiment about the Department of Education. I think it's much more likely that someone like this can effect change rather than depending on people to duck out of the school system. Let's face it: the overwhelming majority of people simply WILL send their children to public schools and couples like me don't have the economic freedom to sacrifice one of our incomes. The idea that grassroots non-participation will end the public education system seems like nothing more than a pipe dream.
But kudos to whoever does choose to homeschool and for whom that works out.
Who is responsible for you and your children? You or the state?
Who is suppose to have authority to educate your children? You or the state?
Who makes decisions for you and your children? You or the state?
...With freedom comes responsibility. Take it, unless you want someone else (the state) to take it for you.
This work is more an explanation of Dr. Paul's position on education: where it is now, where it is going, and how his curriculum represents the future. He compares current schools to the Post Office in that he predicts their demise via cheaper alternatives (email is to the post office as online schooling is to state schools). He offers his curriculum as one of the alternatives to state-run education. I had not anticipated nor previously heard his predictions for the future of schooling in America, but by the end of the book I found myself agreeing that his model of education appears to be a good indication of what will eventually become widespread throughout the country.
In typical Ron Paul fashion, it is a short book, clear, easy to read, and to the point. If you are discouraged with the current state of government run education and are considering alternatives, or are simply worried about the future of education in America, this is a must read.
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