Ron Paul, the former U.S. State Representative and presidential candidate from Texas, has launched his own K-12 curriculum that he claims will put more focus on liberty than any other available program. The Daily Caller reports that in addition to traditional subjects, the curriculum will also cover topics like economics of the Austrian school.
The program will be free for K-5, which means that families will have access to the lessons steeped in Ron Paul's ideology by paying nothing for 6 years. Tom Woods, a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and one of the curriculum's high school teachers, calls it one of the program's chief selling points.
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.)," RonPaulCurriculum.com declares.
"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."
The curriculum also provides courses in science and mathematics.
The curriculum is expected to be completed up to grade 10 this September, and the full K-12 program will be published in December 2015.
To explain the curriculum's guiding principals, chief of development Gary North includes an introductory video. In the video, North explains that the curriculum is based on the "Biblical principles of self-government and personal responsibility." The families who will take advantage of the Paul curriculum will learn the difference between liberty and its rivals, including the U.S. Constitution as it has been envisioned by the Founding Fathers, and how that vision has been subsequently "hijacked."
Academic materials used in the program will rely entirely primary sources, as North explains that textbooks – by going through vetting committees – dumb down the information for their students.
Paul is the latest in a series of conservative public figures to design their own educational programs for the youth of America. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich currently hosts "Newt University," an online college course for Kaplan Higher Education Corporation. Gingrich recently devoted a lesson to the subject of driverless cars.
Conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck has announced that he is planning an ambitious $2 billion Texas compound called Independence, USA. Inspired by the vision of Walt Disney, Beck's Independence, USA claims it will incorporate a theme park, a marketplace where craftsmen and artisans can run their own small businesses, a multi-denominational church, a media center to train journalists, and a research and development center where people will be educated in the principles of liberty.