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Ron Paul Curriculum

Homeschool Curriculum Review - Ron Paul Curriculum


You can judge the suitability of the Ron Paul Curriculum for your family based on what it costs, how many subjects are taught and the qualifications of the teachers at each level. This is how homeschool parents typically select curriculum for their children, but this curriculum is a bit different. This curriculum review will tell you all of the basic information you need to make a final decision, but you must first consider the viewpoint from which this curriculum is taught.

What sets Ron Paul’s curriculum apart from competing options on the market is that all lessons are taught from the perspective of the “freedom philosophy.” The freedom philosophy is a viewpoint that recommends limited civil government and stresses the rights of the American people.

Since this perspective is the backbone of this curriculum, social science lessons are not introduced until the high school curriculum begins. Gary North oversees development of the curriculum and believes that the social sciences taught in public schools prior to high school are introduced with the purpose of controlling the American people. Since his curriculum is about freedom and does not support social control, he leaves social sciences out of the curriculum until high school.

You are probably used to reviewing homeschool curriculum reviews to determine if particular programs are secular or Christian. Understanding the political viewpoint behind the Ron Paul Curriculum is no different than determining if other programs are Bible-based or secular.

If you know that these viewpoints will not fit your family, then you know that this curriculum will not fit your family. There is a heavy focus on history and economics so that children end up with a strong education as it relates to freedom.

Homeschool Curriculum Review - Ron Paul Curriculum - Self-Taught Homeschooling

Another thing that sets the Ron Paul curriculum apart from many of its competitors is the focus on self-teaching. Parents are involved with the educational process only until their children reach the 6th grade. From 6th grade to the completion of high school, each child watches a video lesson and completes assignments in order to teach themselves.

If your child does not understand something presented in the Ron Paul curriculum, they ask a question on the forum. It is admitted that your child may or may not receive a response to these questions, since the children enrolled in the courses are the ones providing the answers. Children help one another without any interaction from parents. Teacher interaction is limited to one video-recorded lesson for each day of the school week.

The philosophy behind self-teaching is that children need to learn to teach themselves in order to thrive in the business world or college. If you know that your children will not do well teaching themselves or taking guidance online from other students, then there are other curriculum options to consider.

Homeschool Curriculum Review - Ron Paul Curriculum - What Is Included? What Does It Cost?

The K-5 Ron Paul Curriculum is free to download at any time. The curriculum started being released in mid-2013, and is not currently complete. Parents may choose to pay $250 per year to join the forums and discuss the curriculum with other parents.

The 6th-12th grade curriculum requires a membership to the forums at the rate of $250 per family, plus $50 per child per course. Parents are allowed to take the courses without the $50 fee after paying for at least one child to take the same course. For each course taken at these higher grades, the following is provided:

  • Access to the forums to ask and answer questions on a volunteer basis
  • 5 lecture-style instructional videos for each week of the course
  • Daily reading assignments
  • Weekly writing assignments (except for math courses)
  • Access to some out-of-print book downloads when applicable
  • Links to online resources and source materials when applicable


You do not need to purchase textbooks for this curriculum, and parents are not encouraged to do anything for their children beyond paying for their forum access and course fees.

Measuring Progress

Any homeschool curriculum review of the Ron Paul Curriculum should note that teachers do not grade exams in this program, and parents are only encouraged to read the essays their children produce. No grading is recommended for this curriculum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply a more hands-on approach when using the curriculum.

The creators of the program suggest using CLEP exams to determine proficiency in areas of study. It is also suggested that students who follow this program from kindergarten through 12th grade can take CLEP tests to bypass the first two years of college. This will not work with all colleges and for all children.

Curriculum vs. Academy

There has been a lot of heated debate over the value and reputation of the Ron Paul Curriculum. When you get to the root of the issue, you see that the creators of the program stress that it is a curriculum, not an academy. Just as you would not expect a teacher to grade homework or exams for most other homeschool curriculums, you should not expect that from the curriculum prepared by Ron Paul and Gary North.

This is a curriculum based on the freedom movement. Just as the movement advocates minimal government control, the program advocates minimal parental control over the learning process. Those are ideas that will turn many away from the curriculum, but it is just what others have been hoping to find.

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  1. Perseverance Quote of the Day

    Sep 20, 14 02:11 AM

    "Only yield when you must, never "give up the ship," but fight on to the last "with a stiff upper lip!" (Phoebe Cary)

    Rejoice in the Lord,

    Carolann

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  2. Humility

    Sep 20, 14 01:11 AM

    Jesus humbled Himself when He agreed to be the sacrifice for our sins. The Holy Son of God allowed Himself to be beaten and crucified to pay the penalty for our sin. Because He knew exactly who He was, He could choose to humble Himself on our behalf.

    Humility = a true knowledge and awareness of one's self as one really is.

    Rejoice in the Lord,

    Carolann

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  3. How To Help Kids Understand Their Emotions

    Sep 19, 14 04:13 PM

    For a child, emotions can be very big and scary things, and not just for younger children. The emotional upheaval of adolescence can seem overwhelming as well. Helping kids identify, understand, and take ownership of their emotions does them a life-long favor. But how can you do this?

    Here are some tips on how to help kids understand their emotions.

    1. Name the Feelings

    To small children, emotions are nameless, scary things. Sometimes we forget they don't always know what is happening to them in the middle of an emotional "moment"!

    For toddlers and preschoolers, it helps to provide the words that go with the emotion. "Right now you are feeling angry," you could say. This helps them understand what's going on: "Anger - so that's what that is!"

    For older kids and teens, it might help to explain some of the changes they are going through and let them know that overwhelming emotions are normal for their age. Let them know nothing is wrong with them, adolescence is part of growing up.

    2. Feelings Are Not "Wrong"

    Sometimes, in our efforts to correct undesirable behavior, parents correct their kids for feeling a certain way. But no one can really control the way he or she feels about something; what we can control is how we act.

    Try validating your child's feelings - "I understand you feel frustrated, and it's okay to feel frustrated," while also correcting behavior - "You can feel frustrated, but you can't throw things." Then you can offer an alternative. "When you feel frustrated, scream into this pillow," or "Punch the pillow with your fist." It's important to provide an outlet and let your kids know what is acceptable behavior, not just what isn't.

    3. Talk about Your Own Feelings

    Give your own feelings names, and do it verbally. You can say you feel angry, or really excited, or whatever emotion causes you to behave in a way that makes your kids take note. Hopefully, you can also model appropriate outlets for those feelings. If you fall short on this one, talk about it with your kids. Let them know no one is perfect and never will be. Ask them how Mom/Dad could have handled the emotions better.

    4. The Feelings of Others

    As your child comes to understand the words that belong to the feelings and, for older kids, some of the reasons behind the big emotions, you can point out if a behavior of theirs makes another person feel a certain way. Your kids will learn what that feels like, and will likely want to stop whatever behavior makes the other person feel bad.

    For example, you could tell your child you understand she is angry, but she is causing her little brother to be very sad. Your daughter will understand what "sad" feels like, and probably won't want to keep making her little brother feel that way. This will help your kids in relationships later, too - empathizing with the emotions of others is important to having effective interpersonal relationships.

    Rejoice in the Lord,

    Carolann

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