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First Libertarian K12 School

For the past 3 years I’ve dedicated part of my life as the President of a privately owned school in Paraguay. When I initially started, the school was run like many public schools around the world; special favors to friends and families, jobs for the neediest and not the most qualified. Needless to say the school was broke, having lost money since it was inaugurated in 1999. I took the daunting task of President/CEO/CFO mainly because it looked like a great challenge at the moment and I could see that the experiences that I would have would become extremely valuable to my professional future; essentially I was able to apply many concepts without the fear of it financially affecting me. Since not a single person was willing to be the President, I figured I could do as I saw best fit and if it failed, well it was failing already so who cares.

In these 3 years, I’ve cut down the employee numbers from 34 to 24, teachers encompass over 80% of my running costs compared to under 60% from before, I’ve had 3 years of profit, and the quality of the education has undoubtedly improved, even having placed 18th, 5th and 8th in the national math competition during 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Now it hasn’t been without a lot of opposition to certain policies that I put in place, but my clients haven’t fled to other schools. Because of this, I decided in 2012 to turn the school into a Freedom, Liberty loving educational institution that will educate children to the realities of socialism/communism, Austrian school of economics instead of Keynesian school of economics, respect of life, liberty and property, and most importantly, to not rely on the government to accomplish one’s goals other than to protect your own life, liberty and property. Step one has been to teach my teachers and staff what is libertarianism and how it can be utilized to solve most of society’s issues. Last year I contracted the Libertarian Foundation of Paraguay to do a 50 hour course with my teachers. For the 2013 school year (our school year starts in February) I will openly become a libertarian school, changing the curriculum to correctly teach children economics, history and read books that have a message of freedom. I will be rewriting the school’s motto, creating a marketing plan all with the words and enlightenment of what it means to be free.

I come to the Daily Paul for some help in accomplishing these goals. What I need is help in locating books, in Spanish, that are libertarian, for economics, history, and just good reading. If anyone knows a good online website, or specific books, or a publisher, that would help me with this task, please do tell me. This is a K12 school, so any books from children’s drawing books to macroeconomics to literature are all needed.

If I can accomplish these goals, this will be the first K12 school in the world (couldn’t locate any online) that is openly libertarian. I was stunned to be unable to find a single one. It makes clear sense why the world is becoming more and more socialist, it is the only philosophy that is taught at school. It is time that things change, that freedom is given a chance.

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Check out the biography of Ron Paul for youth.

It just came out this week. HTTP://www.MeetRonPaul.com I wrote it with the same goal in mind as you, educating youth about libertarian principles. I hope this can help you.

Get your Ron Paul biography for kids here... http://lionsofliberty.com/meetronpaul/

It's fantastic what you are

It's fantastic what you are doing - if you are interested in a Japanese language teacher (or maybe ESL) by all means get in touch w/ me.

To answer your question, I think I can point you in the right direction. There is an outright libertarian university in Guatemala: Universidad Francisco Marroquin: https://www.ufm.edu/index.php/Portal

You could try contacting people there - here are a couple to start with as they've already conducted interviews in English about the school:
Giancarlo Ibarguen and Dane Starbuck: http://www1.radiofreemarket.com/2012/07/30/educating-for-lib...
Chris Lingle: http://thestatelessman.com/2012/12/10/lingle/

Anthem by Ayn Rand got me.

Anthem is mandatory reading in some US high schools.
There are essay contests through The Ayn Rand Institute http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.org/Anthem.aspx?theme=blue

Libertarian schools would be a game changer.
I've met college aged types that were raised by Libertarians and my hope for the future lies with them.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

THANKS FOR ALL OF THE SUGGESTIONS.

Greatly appreciate everyone's input. I will be looking at each source as time permits and see what I am able to achieve. For those that would be interested in working in such a school, for the time being I am not structured to offer any jobs, but I think as the school grows and becomes more profitable, it would be a worthy investment to have an outsiders perspective for the students.

On a side note, we have also invited a University to begin offering semi presence degrees at the school. The Liberty Foundation of Paraguay has several people at the University currently working to implement Austrian school of economics and other free minded courses.

Who is the Spaniard

who whooped Paul Krugman's behind?

Us Spaniards have tongues of fire.

here it is:

http://www.dailypaul.com/244349/paul-krugman-crushed-by-span...

HTH

For the most part you will never EVER see a Spaniard hold their tongue.

In Paraguay things may be different, and I realize Spain is in deep doo-doo. But this guy ripped Krugman a new one. Us Spaniards have thick skin and we aren't afraid to lash our tongues.

I wish you the best. For the rest of us the best we can do is home school or spend the time as I have done teaching the lesson plan after work, while cooking dinner, doing laundry, and cleaning the house. It's not easy but worth every minute.

I am an elem public school teacher and teach freedom every day

From explaining why I don't say "indivisible" to disputing or questioning every Weekly Reader (current events) that comes into the classroom, the kids hear about freedom.

amazing endevaor!

Although I wouldn't consider John Stossel as a model Austrian, he does have resources available just for educators that want to instill the values of liberty in their pupil. His DVD's do appear to include Spanish subtitles.

http://stosselintheclassroom.org/

Perhaps if it was converted to an English-dominant school, finding material would be a lot easier. Especially with the availability of content from mises.org

also, do you happen to be

also, do you happen to be looking for donors?

Donors, depends....

The school is paid for through the tuition of students (about $100-$150/month for 10 months). We provide two scholarships worth 50% each, one for academics and another for work. In terms of donations I would say we don't require it as the school has finally become profitable, and the profits are reinvested. The owners of the school don't expect a monetary return. If someone wanted to help out they could purchase shares of the school (about $365 each). Our next project is to build 6 new classrooms, one dedicated as a library and another as a science laboratory. Without any further investments from current and new owners, I figure we can build that independently in 2-3 years, depending on the amount of students.

That's Awesome! And I have an idea for you ...

... try to contact Richard Maybury.

He is a libertarian author, mostly in economics and investment, but he has also written an entire series of books aimed at children called the "Uncle Eric" series. They explain various aspects of libertarian ideas.

Since he is the author, probably independently wealthy, and a general good guy, if you tell him what you're doing, he just might work with you in getting his books translated to Spanish.

Check him out here:
http://www.richardmaybury.com/books.html

Good luck, and awesome job!

excellent recommendation.

excellent recommendation. Richard would be one of my picks for POTUS. I hope everyone here would his books. The 1000 year war etc. www.chaostan.com

This is GREAT

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do this. I'm sure this school will be a shining example to others of what can be done when Liberty is given a chance. I would love to send my children to such a school... Keep up the good work and keep us posted to your progress!

Thanks again for doing this!

Ignore the haters

I can't believe people are putting this idea down, it is great, now I can't help you in anyway, but I do know something you don't know which can help. Tom Woods is doing the same thing. You say, well this is different than libertyclassroom.com. No sir, I mean right now Tom Woods is setting up a K-12 grade where the K-5 will be free, 6-12 is the only thing that costs money. He referenced the KHAN academy, so be inspired by them, and also get with Tom to see what kind of info he would hook you up with, tom is a great guy and I know he would help you.

You just got PAULED!

I should offer some

I should offer some criticisms and commands and/or just suggestions:

A Libertarian School is one thing, but you have to teach them an infinite more than just libertarianism philosophy. You have to have another philosophy on top of that. and i don't want to delve into that.

I would say, find the Amish who are creating running water systems with their tools. Apparently they are in Paraguay. I remember Alex Jones saying the U.N. was destroying the systems the Amish constructed, because they don't want the natives having running water.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080918143437AA...

And also, many of those parents are gifted. If the work environment permits it, the children should stand in a corner and observe their parents while they are at work.

The Roman fathers taught their sons this, in the early days of the Republic.

They should know how to fix car engines and weld at an early age. They need to work with their hands. Book work and rote learning are great and all, but it stifles a child's grasp of reality.

They should know calculus at an early age. If you look at the facets of calculus, especially the derivative, in some equations, a child could grasp such a thing. A child could grasp calculus at a different level, if taught simultaneously with basic mathematics and algebra.

And in conclusion, if you want, i will look for more spanish books.

I remember Jose Ortega y Gasset in a slightly positive light. you could find spanish books by him. he was spanish.

Pedro Schwartz, that austrian economist who debated Krugman, he is spanish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8LmE5cfQKA

lawrence

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Simply hearing of your goals and progress is making us happy!

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

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Art Robinson may be able to help you. He and his six children

formulated a successful self-teaching homeschool curriculum (http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com), which may be useful in a school, where individual learning is encouraged. I'm not sure how much of his curriculum material is available in Spanish. Best of luck to you for this worthy project!

another great recommendation.

another great recommendation.

Greetings from Ireland. It's been a while

since I posted on this site. I regularly, if not daily, come to this site for my news and information. But this is the first post since the campaign that I have felt compelled to reply on.

I am from Ireland and I absolutely admire what you are doing. In a way, I am almost jealous that you are in a position of impact, to be enable to influence the youth in that way. Education is such a critical component for the cause of liberty and you have been able to use your passion for freedom to enlighten those with whom you come into contact. I try my best to influence the people in my own life on a daily basis about the importance of liberty, freedom and equality of opportunity ( not equality). I do my best, but at 20 years old, most of my friends are not as impressionable as they were in school. They are at that stage where they are conditioned to the system and it ends up taking a very clever tactic in order to help to relate to the idea of freedom and influence them. So I commend you.

As for your question on the direction you wish to go, I must remind you that in Europe there are many people that have heard of Ron Paul or at least have been introduced to the message of liberty and the libertarianism ideals as a result of him. Even in Spain, they held a rally in which many Spanish Nationals came out in support of him. You are bound to find channels on Facebook which will enable you to teach Libertarian principles in Spanish. You clearly have a native grasp of English yourself, so you may be in a position to translate whichever texts you find essential or as a post said below, to translate your own subtitles onto libertarian videos.

I also second that other poster, in that I would be willing to drop my life here (as much as I LOVE it!!!) in exchange for being able to educate the youth and promote the cause of liberty.

Again, I commend you and I hope you are assisted in every way possible to help you in your journey to enlighten a generation (no matter how small that may be). You have re-energised my hope in people and my focus on spreading the cause in every way I can.

Thank you.

“Governments never learn. Only people learn.”
― Milton Friedman

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I've never heard it called libertarian

but the Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon has Ayn Rand as required reading and speakers like this guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68YanCaFVc4

and James Bovard, etc. are the norm. You can't swing a stick without hitting a Ron Paul supporter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPFfcPfoQ5Y

I don't think I've met a graduate who believed socialism was a logical solution, though I can't say as I never did a survey.

It warms your heart to see students using logic to arrive at truth on their own

Contact the Mises

Contact the Mises Institute.
www.mises.org

Great to hear! Thank you!

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. - Matthew 10:16

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Outstanding! We homeschool

Outstanding! We homeschool and we are thinking about starting a libertarian homeschool co-op type thing. Here is a great libertarian "how to" website:

http://www.boogieonline.com/revolution/politics/activism/hsl...

I hope you keep us posted. Best wishes.

important documentary to show your school

They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known. But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America’s wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done. What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don’t think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it’s happening right now through abortion, birth control sterilization, and forced eugenics. source: Black Genocide in the 21st century: http://www.maafa21.com/watch-online/?key=52115064 This documentary Mafia 21 black genocide in the 21st century is very important for the students at your school to watch.

jhon

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donvino

Izzit.org

A great deal of libertarian material, dvds, lessons. Many videos are from reason.tv
Not sure which might come in Spanish, but some have Spanish subtitles. Check out their webstore.

Best of luck to you! Very proud of what you're doing.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Congrats & best of luck!

Try http://isil.org

That is the International Society for Individual Liberty. Some works have been translated into many languages, I'm sure Spanish being up on the list.

One work in particular that is easy for any grade level is The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: http://www.jonathangullible.com

Here's the page for translated versions: http://www.jonathangullible.com/jonathan-gullible-language-t...

They also have a pamphlet series on specific issues, most of which looks translated: http://isil.org/resources/lit/

There is also an excellent video animation based on this work called The Philosophy of Liberty which as you can see at this link has been translated to Spanish and several other languages. Down-loadable formats are linked at the bottom and DVDs also available: http://isil.org/resources/philosophy-of-liberty-index.html.

This video with even more translations can also be found on the Jonathan Gullible website.

Thank you for this link!!!!

I've just downloaded the commentary version from the jonathan gullible site. Thank you!

You're awesome!

You're awesome!