Ron Paul has been a busy man. Besides running for POTUS, he has been writing his own homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th grade. This announcement was made this weekend at a homeschool convention in Cincinnati where Dr. Paul was the keynote speaker.
One of the unique aspects of this curriculum is that it is free (yes, read it, FREE) for kindergarten through fifth grades. My understanding from the website is that it is online based and there are no textbooks. The catch for the “free” part is that access to the discussion forums is $250 a year. Still, you can access the curriculum without using the forums if you wish. The curriculum will go online September 2, and not all grades will be online until 2015.
I don’t know anything about the curriculum itself. One of the number one questions from new homeschoolers is where to get curriculum. For many, cost is an important factor. With complete curriculum available for free, no one has an excuse. No one. Maybe you don’t like this curriculum. Maybe it’s not a good fit for your kid. With a library card and the internet, you can still homeschool for free.
There is nothing like this curriculum anywhere. Here are just a few of the factors that set it apart.
(1) Grades K-5 will be available for free. You have six years to try out the program without having to spend a dime.
(2) Students will learn the origins and travails of liberty in the Western world and in the United States in particular.
(3) Students will learn the economics of the Austrian School.
(4) Students can learn at their own pace. If they’re advanced and move more quickly, they can quiz out of the first two years of college and enter college as juniors.
(5) The emphasis in this program is not simply on teaching from a different point of view, or teaching material that no other school or curriculum offers, although the Ron Paul Curriculum does both of these things. But it also emphasizes oral and written communication, so that students will be able to spread and defend their ideas effectively. Students will have their own blogs, start YouTube channels, and even learn the basics of video production, website design, and Internet marketing.
(6) It’s cheap. For access to the forums, it’s $250 per year. Each course is just $50. No textbooks — they’re awful, and we use pdfs and primary documents to teach students — so you’ll save hundreds of dollars that way as well.
(7) Parents who wish they’d had the chance for this kind of education can listen to the lectures their children are hearing. We’ve made them of a length that works well with the average commute.
By September 2, we expect to have the material for grades 6-10 available. We’ll continue to add grades until December 2015 — our target date — when we expect to have the entire K-12 curriculum finished.