Home-school graduates mark milestone in life
By John Lowman
The Facts
Published May 17, 2009
LAKE JACKSON — Inquisitiveness, liberty and freedom from government are key to the human condition, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul told members of the Brazosport area home-school graduates Saturday.

Paul addressed 14 graduates of various home-school backgrounds in a standing-room-only First Baptist Church sanctuary in Lake Jackson. Students entered the sanctuary to “Pomp and Circumstance” and walked out to Casting Crown’s “Lifesong.”

“It’s very important we encourage home-schooling and make sure it’s always legal, and our governments never decide they know best,” Paul said. “Too often, our government would like to be the parent. Home-schoolers know exactly who’s responsible for education, and that’s the parent.”

Americans should be allowed the freedom to study, worship and raise families as they please, he said.

“Have a sense of values,” Paul said. “That comes from family. That comes from church. That comes from community. Life is precious. Life and liberty are a gift of God. If we do not put the effort in to protect those liberties, we can lose them. The Constitution and our government are to protect our liberties. Ultimately, you will have to invest some time protecting liberty.”

Home-schooled students often know more about the U.S. Constitution than public-educated ones, and they sometimes have the advantage of a more Christian background, Paul said. Respect for God’s law and man’s law are both important, he said.

So is having the freedom to ask questions.

“If there was one thing I could give you ... The most important thing to have is inquisitiveness,” he said, mentioning education, the economy, politics and world affairs. “Wonder how the world works. Opportunities abound in the information age. There’s good and bad in just about anything.”

Paul encouraged graduates to pursue a higher education, but stressed finding something they enjoy doing in life, not just working for money.