Welcome to the Ron Paul CurriculumOh, and by the way, those two courses on free market economics? They are based on the Austrian School of Economics, you know, Ludwig von Mises and all that.
Here, you and your children can get an education in liberty like no other. I invite parents to take courses and participate on forums -- to get the education they never had. Parents do not pay for the individual courses that they purchase for their children.
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.)
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.
Students get mathematics, either through calculus or statistics or both.
They get the basics of science: earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
They also learn how to start a home-based business.
The K-5 courses now available are free, with a complete K-12 curriculum intended by 2015.
If you do not already have red flags wildly waving to get your attention, consider this: it offers a 5 minute introductory video by Gary North.
If that does not yet have your attention, allow me to quote from the Daily Caller article . . . (continue below...)
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.”If you are not already on high alert, perhaps all you need to know is this: North is the son-in-law and somewhat of an intellectual heir to the late R. J. Rushdoony.
The curriculum will rely solely on primary source documents, not textbooks, which North claims “are screened by committees” and “dumb down the material.”
Rousas John Rushdoony is in some ways a very scary man. He is perhaps the main source of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement, and he is very much the godfather of the move by the Christian Right to homeschool their children.
If you want a "neutral" look at Rushdoony, read his Wikipedia entry. Or perhaps I can guide you directly to one of their sources, this page at the British Centre for Science Education, titled "In extremis - Rousas Rushdoony and his connections." Immediately after a quote from Lord Acton, we read in the beginning of the piec:
What you will find in this section is just how violently inclined and dictatorial the extremes of the fundamentalist movement are. In detailing Rousas Rushdoony, we believe we are presenting a man every bit as potentially murderous as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot or anyone else you may want to name amongst the annals of evil.Sounds pretty extreme, doesn't it?
To be fair, the official heir of Rushdoony's legacy is his son, who heads Chalcedon Foundation, which was founded by Rushdoony and is his official legacy. North had split over some obscure points of doctrine and founded something called the Institute for Christian Economics. You can read North's ideas here. But in general there is not that much distance between what North believes and what Rushdoony believed, even if North is somewhat more circumspect in what he expresses. This is the man associated with Ron Paul's efforts at a home-schooling curriculum.
(If you read the British Centre's piece in detail, you will find our own Frederick Clarkson appropriate credited with important research - on Rushdoony, on Christian Reconstructionism. - I urge you to to regular read Talk to Action, where Frederick and others track the Reconstructionists and Dominionists).
But let's be clear. Ron Paul is aligning himself with someone who does not accept governmental authority, believing the Bible to be inerrant and supreme. He is following economic ideas that are largely discredited except for those who follow von Mises and similar "thinkers" on a theological basis (although God has nothing to do with it - in effect they are granting von Mises unquestionable authority).
Rushdoony was also a Holocaust denier, a racist and a sexist who believed the Bible gave white Christian men authority over the earth, the animals, women, and heathen nations. Quoting from the British Centre piece,
Rushdoony advocated the death penalty according to Leviticus laws. Among the 18 capital crimes were of course, adultery, witchcraft, homosexuality, and blasphemy.He believed only Christians should be able to vote.
Ron Paul will never be President.
His son Rand clearly has aspirations in that direction, and I am unaware of any attempt of Rand to distance himself either from his father's beliefs or to criticize the teachings of the likes of North and Rushdoony. North says the Ron Paul curriculum will not be subject to government oversight. As he puts it at the end of this long screed about why they will not seek accreditation,
We say this about every accreditation system. They must apply to us for accreditation. We will not apply to them.Rand Paul set up his own credentialing organization to certify himself in his medical specialty. You might be seeing a pattern of behavior as well as of belief.
Understand that what this curriculum will represent is an indoctrination, a rejection of any critical thinking among the students subjected to it.
Understand that from the standpoint of people like this, if they cannot control the government to impose their will and beliefs on everyone else, they will reject all aspects of government authority.
By establishing their own system of indoctrination, they hope to build an ever-growing corps of people to accomplish their goal of Christian Dominion at some point in the future.
If you ever had kind thoughts about Ron Paul in the past, now it should be clear what he is like, what he wants as his legacy.
And have no doubt that is this is also symptomatic of what we face in part politically. Remember, there are some very wealthy men, like Howard Ahmanson, who are willing to put their resources behind these kinds of efforts.
We ignore an initiative like this one of Ron Paul at our peril, at a real peril to the entire nation.