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    One Good Thing about the Lockdown

    One Good Thing about the Lockdown
    Written by Ron Paul - Monday May 25, 2020

    One of the few good things to come out of the government-mandated shutdown is that many parents have started homeschooling their children. Many of these parents are likely to continue homeschooling after the government schools reopen.

    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did its part to encourage homeschooling when it unveiled “guidelines” for schools to follow when they reopen. Among the CDC’s guidelines are that schools put tape on the hallways, directing children which direction to walk and how much distance to keep between themselves and their classmates. The CDC also recommends children do not share electronic devices or learning aids. The guidelines even say children should wear masks at school.

    The CDC’s guidelines instruct schools to close playgrounds and cafeterias, and to cancel all field trips and assemblies. Instead, students are to spend all day at their desks, not even leaving classrooms for lunch or recess.

    The CDC’s guidelines may not have the force of law, but it is likely most government schools will adopt them in order to ensure continued access to federal funding. Schools will do this even though children are at a very low risk of being seriously harmed by coronavirus. In fact, by forbidding children from going outside to play, exercise, and get sunshine, the guidelines actually endanger children’s health. The guidelines also harm children by limiting their ability to interact with their fellow students and develop social skills.

    Opponents of homeschooling claim that homeschooled children lack proper socialization. Like many attacks on homeschooling, the claim that homeschoolers are not “socialized” is the opposite of the truth. Education researcher Corey DeAngelis recently told journalist John Stossel in a Reason interview that "children who are homeschooled get much better academic and social results than kids in government schools.” Mr. DeAngelis pointed out that “homeschoolers score about 30 percent higher on the SAT test than kids in regular schools.”

    Parents looking for a homeschooling program that includes an introduction to the ideas of liberty should consider my homeschool curriculum. My homeschool curriculum provides students with a solid education in history, literature, mathematics, and the sciences. It also gives students the opportunity to create their own websites and internet-based businesses. The curriculum is designed to be self-taught, with students helping, and learning from, each other via online forums.

    Starting in fourth grade, students are required to write at least one essay a week. Students also take a course in public speaking.

    The curriculum teaches history from a pro-liberty perspective, and the economics section is taught from the Austrian viewpoint. But, unlike government schools, the curriculum does not compromise education quality or distort facts in pursuit of a political agenda.

    Students using my homeschooling program develop a love of learning, study superior communication skills, and gain real-world business experience. They also develop the critical thinking skills necessary to see through the lies peddled by government officials and their sycophants in the mainstream media. The skills and knowledge students gain will enable them to succeed in whatever careers they choose to pursue.

    Parents interested in giving their children a well-rounded homeschool education that includes sound economics and the history and philosophy of liberty can get more information about my curriculum by going to
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    Home schooling is a much easier lifestyle because learning is for all of life. Home and parents provide a solid context for information. The Columbine shootings and similar events in Paducah and Jonesboro happened during our middle school years. It was hard to explain those, but it really helped that we were not under a direct threat. They led to discussions about many other life issues.

    I think I learned as much (good and bad) during our years of home schooling, and it is a big reason why I feel the way I do about so many issues.

    After home school was done, I had a little nanny gig every other week. My job was to get three kids up and off to school. I was exhausted after two hours of that. It made me glad I had not spent the last ten years doing that every day.

    I hope many parents will consider home schooling a more healthy option—physically, emotionally, relationally, and educationally.
    Last edited by euphemia; 05-25-2020 at 08:39 PM.

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    I was "unschooled" at home.

    This means there was no set curriculum- I was allowed to pursue what I was most interested in. What happens is that as a child becomes knowledgeable in one subject, their interest opens to many others- and they become truly educated & loving it.
    There is no spoon.

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