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Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state’s children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education “experts.” In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with “reform math.” Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on “abstract thinking” instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with “informational” texts, such as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Those poor kids!

Oklahoma will likely not be the last state to explicitly ban Common Core, as grassroots opposition to this latest federal education “reform” scheme continues to grow. While “reform math” and the use of “informational” texts grab headlines and fuel the outrage behind this movement, they are just symptoms of the problem, not the cause. The devil with Common Core lies not in its details but in its underlying principle. That principle is that that DC-based central planners can develop a curriculum suitable for every student. The idea that government “experts” can centrally plan a nation’s educational system is just as flawed as the idea that government can centrally plan the economy.

One major flaw in a curriculum deigned by central planners for use by all students is that it will likely not be academically rigorous enough to meet the needs of college-bound students. Yet at the same time, “one-size-fits-all” curriculums like Common Core offer little to meet the needs of students interested in technical or vocational education opportunities.

Growing dissatisfaction with Common Core and other centralized education schemes is leading an increasing number of parents to pursue alternatives such as homeschooling. Throughout my congressional career I was a defender of homeschooling. Now that I am out of Congress, I have expanded my work with homeschoolers through my Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum. The curriculum provides students with a rigorous education in history, math, English, foreign languages, and other subjects. While the curriculum is designed to prepare students for college-level work, students not interested pursing a traditional four-year college degree will also benefit.

The curriculum features three tracks: natural science/math, social sciences/humanities, and business. Students may also take courses in personal finance and public speaking. The curriculum avoids the ideological biases common in public schools; for example, the government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty.

Students can use the student discussion forums to interact with, learn from, and teach their peers.

One unique feature of the curriculum is that it gives students the opportunity to start their own Internet-based businesses.

The curriculum is free for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Families above the fifth grade pay $250 a year, plus $50 per course. However, for the next three months, the Ron Paul Home School Curriculum is offering — for non-members only — an online summer school refresher program for students above the fifth grade. For just $25 students can access the curriculum for three months. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to see if my curriculum meets their child’s needs.

If you are a parent dissatisfied with existing education options, I hope you will take advantage of the Ron Paul Curriculum’s summer refresher program and consider opting-out of Common Core and opting-in to the Ron Paul Curriculum.

For information on my summer refresher program please see here.
For information on the curriculum please see here

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Yakov says:

    My daughter, who is a Jewish school principal with degrees in English Literature, Mathematics and Jewish studies agrees with this curriculum and so do I.

  2. Tusky says:

    When you are talking about K-12 education, you have to realize it’s been going on for a long time. Educators know what’s important and what’s not. Believe me, and I have experience in this, people in the school systems and in the States are fully competent to administer something as straightforward as the school system.

    Common Core is an intrusive power-grab by the FedGov. OK is retaining its rights as a State, and their actions are quite correct.

    Tusky

  3. Yakov says:

    I think I didn’t make it clear. I meant Ron Paul’s.

  4. Trumped says:

    Yakov,

    I agree. Anyone, regardless of religion or lack thereof, is crazy these days to not home school. Schools are awful, just awful at everything except dumbing down kids and brainwashing them.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I went to public school for 12 years. K-11. When I was a junior in highschool(11th grade), I had as many credits as a freshman (9th grade). I was so far behind it was ridiculous. I was kicked out of regular school and had to go to a continuation school, and even there I still lagged behind. I ended up making about 15 credits in a year. They kicked me out.

    I wasn’t dumb, slow or a “problem child”. I just hated the structure and busy work of the traditional school system here in america. I aced all my tests, knew all the material that was being taught. I comprehended and moved on faster then most kids. But I never did the busy work. Why should students be forced to learn at a pace that doesnt suit them?

    In 12th grade I went to a charter school. It wasn’t yet accredited in California and everyone told me to just buy a GED. “It would be easier” they said. In 6 months I was able to make up the 2 years of school that I was behind in. I had one on one time with teachers, tutors and councilors. Never was I given classwork or homework just to fill up time or to “make sure you understand the subject”.

    Public schools are destroying our youth. They don’t teach life lessons. You won’t learn how to get a job or how to deal with emotional problems in life, how to deal with stress or how to budget your finances.

    My son is almost 3 now, I will never permit him to go to public schools. Its great to see that homeschooling is becoming more common and not just for religious nutjobs.

  6. This is a great start to a curriculum, but there is some tendentiousness in the grouping of science/ mathematics v. social science/ humanities. The unexamined bias here is clearly “serious subjects” v. “unserious subjects”, i.e. math and science are important and serious, while humanities and social sciences are unimportant and unserious. This is wrongheaded.

    The truth is that grouping social sciences with humanities poisons both. Social sciences (regardless of how worthy of the term ‘science’ they are) are empirical studies. The humanities are not. Grouping math with science merely stresses the utilitarian value of mathematical computation, rather than recognizing math as the queen of the humanities. This creates an unnecessary limitation on mathematical thinking early on. The application and value of mathematics goes far beyond the ability to calculate physical processes.
    The better grouping is natural and social sciences v. math and humanities.

    That said, I’m using much of this curriculum to homeschool by three boys. Good stuff.

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