Homeschooling: The Future of Liberty




by Ron Paul

A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education. Dictators recognize the danger that free thought poses to their rule, and few things promote the thinking of “unapproved” thoughts like an education controlled by parents instead of the state. That is why the National Socialist (Nazi) government of Germany outlawed homeschooling in 1938.

Sadly, these Nazi-era restrictions on parental rights remain the law in Germany, leaving parents who wish greater control over their children’s education without options. That is why in 2006 Uwe and Hannalore Romeike, a German couple who wanted to homeschool their three children for religious reasons, sought asylum in the United States. Immigration judge Lawrence Burman upheld their application for asylum, recognizing that the freedom of parents to homeschool was a “basic human right.”

Unfortunately, the current US administration does not see it that way, and has announced that it is appealing Judge Burman’s decision. If the administration is successful, the Romeikes could be sent back to Germany where they will be forced to send their children to schools whose teaching violates their religious beliefs. If they refuse, they face huge fines, jail time, or even the loss of custody of their children!

The Administration’s appeal claims that the federal government has the constitutional authority to ban homeschooling in all fifty states. The truth is, the Constitution gives the federal government no power to control any aspect of education. Furthermore, parents who, like the Romeikes, have a religious motivation for homeschooling should be protected by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

The federal government’s hostility to homeschooling is shared by officials at all levels of government. Despite the movement’s success in legalizing homeschooling in every state, many families are still subjected to harassment by local officials. The harassment ranges from “home visits” by child protective agencies to criminal prosecution for violating truancy laws.

Every American who values liberty should support the homeschoolers’ cause. If the government can usurp parental authority over something as fundamental as the education of their children, there is almost no area of parenthood off limits to government interference.

Homeschooling has proven to be an effective means of education. We are all familiar with the remarkable academic achievements, including in national spelling bees and other competitions, by homeshcooled children. In addition, homeschooled students generally fare better than their public school educated peers on all measures of academic performance.

It makes sense that children do better when their education is controlled by those who know their unique needs best, rather than by a federal bureaucrat. A strong homeschooling movement may also improve other forms of education. If competition improves goods and services in other areas of life, why wouldn’t competition improve education? A large and growing homeschooling movement could inspire public and private schools to innovate and improve.

When the government interferes with a parent’s ability to choose the type of education that is best for their child, it is acting immorally and in manner inconsistent with a free society. A government that infringes on the rights of homeschooling will eventually infringe on the rights of all parents. Homeschooled children are more likely to embrace the philosophy of freedom, and to join the efforts to restore liberty. In fact, I would not be surprised if the future leaders of the liberty movement where homeschooled.

I believe so strongly in the homeschooling movement that I have just announced my own curriculum for homeschooling families. Please visit this revolutionary new project at http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com.



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63 Comments:

  1. Home schooling, now I do not think there is a more cruel and selfish thing parents could do to there kids. I have talked with many. Oh they are in some cases very smart. But the sad thing they have not a clue in about life out of the home. They seem lost and most of the time there heads are filled with religious crap. I think Paul is some kind of minister. Yes he is a little wacked out.

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  2. BILL MAHER OWNED BY A LIBERTARIAN ————> watch?v=HnKL10GwlVE

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  3. Brainwash + disarm = total control. Tyrants always do it…………”Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” – Stalin ………..”We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?” – Stalin

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  4. Ron Paul should be a professor and teach politics 101

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  5. thanks could not find the site… spealing… lol (I’m just pruli-lingual) or in other words jak of all trades master of none 😛

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  6. thanks could not find the site… spealing… lol (I’m just pruli-lingual) or in other words jak of all trades master of none 😛

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  7. The US Public School System has been standardized and sterilized for optimum shadow elite manipulation. Like communism, it has been condensed into stereotyping individuals into a system of economic slavery. Many billionaires are dropouts and many are high level finance graduates.

    If you look at some of the wealthiest industries you will find that many started out in a garage (Apple) or even the trunk of a car (Jarred Pickles). Point is that the US Constitution set up a free society for every individual to have the equal opportunity to capitalize on their efforts.

    Monetizing a free society is the new lesson for the US still to fully learn, a hard lesson that has been challenged before by a few US Presidents that paid the ultimate price for doing so (Kennedy, Lincoln). Only one other recent President did the same and died a natural death that was the might warrior Andrew Jackson.

    Raising a bunch or debt slaves is not what the Founding Fathers wanted. The US Revolution itself forced the original colonies into debt, thus after the final battle further deals were made. Thus Jefferson immediately resigned. The French Navy did push the Crown into negotiations. Deals were made and that deal showed some of Washington’s greatest wisdom.

    Yet the fundamental cause for the US Revolution has been hidden from public schools, a sneaky move by the shadow elite who hide like cowards behind their puppets.

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  8. Hahaha……wait…..ah crap.

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  9. Please change the URL….”curriculum” is not an easy word to spell or remember. Please use RonPaulAcademy as per Gary North or RonPaulSchool which you already link.

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  10. evidently you’ve never read the constitution

    in Article I – The Legislative Branch

    the Section 9 – Limits on Congress enumerates what congress (the federal government) cannot do

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  11. I am a believer in homeschooling as long as there is a definitive curriculum to follow and regularly scheduled meetings with the teacher. I have seen it work in my family and in others. In these cases the parents were involved and did a wonderful job of following the curriculum.

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  12. Would be great, unfortuately most people are far too dumb to do so. Can the average hillbillie teach chemistry or calculus?

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  13. The Constitution is NOT a list of what the fed gov cannot do.
    The Constitution IS a list of what the gov is authorized to do, w/ all else being DENIED to it by default. No specific constitutional authorization for anything means that the federal government is denied by default.
    AMENDMENT X
    POWERS RETAINED BY THE STATES& THE PEOPLE
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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  14. The Constitution is NOT a list of what the fed gov cannot do.
    The Constitution IS a list of what the gov is authorized to do, w/ all else being DENIED to it by default. No specific constitutional authorization for anything means that the federal government is denied by default.
    AMENDMENT X
    POWERS RETAINED BY THE STATES & THE PEOPLE
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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  15. you mean like how ron paul said the constitution says that only gold and silver can be legal tender?

    funny how the constitution doesn’t say that

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  16. He seems like a “religious” nut case.

    Us “paultarded nut cases” generally don’t use biblical verses to rationalize our positions. We prefer logic and the Constitution.

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  17. oh look, another paultarded nut case

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  18. In many states you can just pull your kids out of high school, and graduate them from homeschooling in a month, two months or however long you want since there is no curriculum/credit requirements.

    Then from there, you can immediately enroll them in college. So basically just replace the 4 years wasted on high school with college. Currently only about 20% of kids get degrees and usually it takes them till 25.

    Follow my suggestion and you can guarantee they get a degree by the time they are 18.

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  19. Me tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

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