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Joining the School Revolution! Congratulate me!

My family is joining the School revolution and are effectively unschooling/homeschooling starting December 10th. We're very excited!

My 8 and 5 year olds are currently in public school. A nice enough one with kind teachers and good services, but it is still a public school. My two year old will hopefully never step into one.

I've recently read Ron Paul's "The School Revolution". In it, he says that political activism is useless (ha!) and that all meaningful change for liberty must start with the family (you'd think he was sneaking in some Molyneux podcasts).

In the book, he believes that if even a minority, but large, portion of parents retake their children and homeschool instead of public school that the institution can be 'end around'-ed, i.e., we'll stop funding the schools and it will eventually spell the end of our style of government. Fascinating!

If kids learned liberty early, they won't be accepting wars, glamorizing soldiering, they understand corporatism and fascism, they won't think that ethics comes at the point of a gun, etc. I became libertarian around the age 30, I'm 43 now. I can't imagine if I had a 25-year head start.

Paul's book is decent enough - kind of simple and folksy. What I REALLY feasted on was John Taylor Gatto's "Dumbing us down" and "Weapons of Mass Destruction". They may have been some of the best liberty books I've ever read. I'm now reading Llewllyn's "Teenage liberation handbook" which is pretty good so far.

It took a while to convince my wife. We were both public schooled after all. But I got her to come around, esp. after turning her on to the books.

BTW the term "homeschool" is a term for the benefit of school administrators and neighbors. There doesn't have to be schooling that actually takes place.

Anyways, congratulate me and my family. One step at a time. Onward! Upward!

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I forgot to say

congratulations!!

On-Line Education!!

Every person on the DP with children should read Ron Paul's School Revolution. This book made me very happy --happy for the future of my four children. Dr. Paul's case to opt out of traditional "class room education" is powerful. And yes it's awesome that we can hopefully opt in to this awesome plan to educate your children and simultaneously dismantle the government school system. No more talk about common core, teachers unions, etc, etc –just pull your children out and don’t look back because you-- PARENT –are ultimately responsible for you child’s education. We certainly don’t want to forfeit that responsibility to the state. www.ronpaulcurriculum.com

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Cheers!

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Oh there's schooling (learning),

it's just tailored to your child's learning style.

Glad for you and your kids. Really, really glad.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Now get your kids saving and

Now get your kids saving and trading Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies and they may be spared the indignity of ever having to work for a company in a cubicle!

Congratulations! You can do it!

It's a good road to be on.

My young'uns never set so much as a toe into a public school classroom. They are in their 30's now and have both done post-graduate work. They were also both Ron Paul supporters in the last two elections. When we started there was no internet and only one home school curriculum on the market, Calvert, which we did not use. I invented my own curriculum. Those were good days.

tasmlab's picture

Any opinion on Calvert?

Any opinion on Calvert? We just got the catalog. We're interested in it. But my intention is not to recreate a public school at home, which Calvert looks to do.

Currently consuming: Gatto: "Underground history of education..", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

I have never looked at the Calvert curriculum

so I can't have an opinion. There are several history books from the Calvert system that I found in library sales, such as A Child's History of the World by a man with a Dutch name, that were fun for reading aloud. I gave one of my kids (age 9) a roll of butcher paper to draw an illustrated time line as I read the book to her, a section of our choosing per day. She really enjoyed it, and I still have her time line put away somewhere.

Pick and choose for each

subject.

I often made my own curriculum.
Open Course universities are a pretty good guide for that.
(for example check MIT's site: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm)

I was able to create an advanced biology course in Insect Biology from a free open course at UNC - course included quizzes and tests. It was wonderful for my kid. (It was a graduate level course in entomology).

Don't limit yourself...use different companies for different subjects...for example I used Saxon for Math, A-Beka for History, Apologia for Science (when I didn't create my own), created my own Literature, Music Appreciation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling curriculums.

One is graduated and almost finished with getting her BSN (top of her class), the other is a high school senior - never went to public school. That's why he's so bright and well-balanced (brag, brag).

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

My friend's 5-year-old son once didn't believe...

that a corded landline phone was actually a phone. "Nuh-uh daddy... That's not a phone."

I remember when I was on the cutting edge when I had a pager. "Old" folks would say, "Only drug dealers have pagers."

At one time I swore that I would never get a cellphone. Here I am, and I barely use it. I might make one call a week on that damn thing. However, I do have access to porno from places other than home.

I'm a pretty good conversationalist, however, and am glad to see Dale Carnegie in the book list on the right. 1-on-1 interaction will always be important to some degree. Job interviews are still face-to-face 99% of the time.

Cellphones have become a convenient tool to ignore the rest of the world. Unsure of what do to? Break out a smartphone. It's a crutch for people that don't know what to say.

Their problem, not yours. You seem to be "well-adjusted."

Congrats

Your kids will thank you later for it and will be far more prepared to take on the world one day.

We are doing the same thing with our kids. Our 2 year old starts next Spring.

"Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it."- Ron Paul

Congratulations tasmlab and family

may these dreams work out far better than you expect!

Ron Paul is right. There is a reason all tyrants go for the Kids

All the protesting and activism in the world, does nothing if the next generation is controlled by them.

Hitler knew this, Stalin etc. All you need is the next generation, nothing else; if you have that, you win.

Thankfully homeschooling is stronger than ever! which means we are winning. Well....short of something drastic like martial law anyway.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

I am confused by the line

I am confused by the line that says, there doesn't have to be schooling that actually takes place. What did you mean by that?

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Let me clarify

In the homeschooling books I've read they often use the term 'schooling' to be something very different than 'education' or 'acquiring knowledge'. Schooling is the institutional process of teaching people to obey in a classroom.

In unschooling/homeschooling, you give the kids the information they need to learn and they pursue the paths they wish. There's no re-creating the school experience at home.

Currently consuming: Gatto: "Underground history of education..", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

Doesn't the state still

Doesn't the state still require homeschoolers to prove actual "learning" is happening by having them pass certain tests quarterly or yearly? I know less about homeschooling than anyone but I recall some kind of testing is still involved.

tasmlab's picture

probably depends on the state - dunno

It may depend on what state you are in.

In South Carolina there are three options, with the first being to associate through the public school. In this case I believe the students have to do standardized testing.

In the second and third legal options, there are no testing requirements. You do have to keep a log book of activity and keep evidence that you are indeed teaching math, reading, science, etc. The adults either have to be certified or have a BA degree and you have to document that they were schooled 4.5 hours a day for 180 days per year.

But it's pretty surprising, no state testing. No grades. No curriculum. It's hard to believe that this is LEGAL.

I think they may still have to take SAT for some/most college admissions.

Currently consuming: Gatto: "Underground history of education..", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

That's good parenting

congrats!

Congrats

How does this work btw? Do your kids have to take and pass standardized tests at the end of each year? And who are you having teach your children? Are you doing it? Or are you paying for the Ron Paul curriculum?

tasmlab's picture

The kids will teach themselves

The biggest misconception I've been carrying for a long time that unschooling is about recreating the school experience in the home. But in reality, you let the kids pick what interests them and provide direction.

We are going to pay for a formal curriculum to start and use the Ron Paul curriculum or Tom Woods libertyclassroom.com for politics, economics and history. We might supplement with Courseara and Kahn. But really it's about the kids finding their own path.

In the state were moving to (SC) you join an association with a $40/annual fee. There no testing, no grading. No standardized testing. We just have to keep a book that shows a record that we studied for 4.5 hours a day for 180 days per year.

Both my wife and I have planned to spend an hour each tutoring. My wife will spend more time driving them around to trips and karate practice and the like.

Currently consuming: Gatto: "Underground history of education..", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

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and I will be the 3rd to congratulate you
bravo to parents who have the will power to at least try!!!

i should have read more closely

Must be my public school education.
I have read the Teenage Liberation Handbook (written by a former school teacher) now living in my state Oregon. That part of the book early on titled "First, a little story" made me mad enough that I threw the book down. Twice!

thedoctorisin

let me be the 2nd

To congratulate you. That's a good education goal you have. To never step in a public brainwashing building.

Now you start learning.

thedoctorisin

Congrats!

r3VOLution continues...

:-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul