Paul: Don’t tread on homeschoolers

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by Ron Paul

A 12-year-old Colorado boy became a victim of “woke” education when he was taken out of class and told he could not return unless he removed a Gadsden flag or “Don’t Tread on Me” patch from his backpack. The school backed down after a video went viral in which a school official told the boy and his mother that the problem with the patch is that the Gadsden flag’s origin is related to slavery and the slave trade. The school was criticized by individuals from across the political spectrum for seeming ignorance of the role the Gadsden flag played in the American Revolution. Among the critics was Colorado Governor Jared Polis, one of the few remaining Democrats willing to defend free speech from the woke mob.

This incident reminded me of a 2009 Department of Homeland Security “fusion center” report warning that individuals with Gadsden flag bumper stickers, or bumper stickers supporting my presidential campaign or the Libertarian or Constitution parties, were potentially dangerous extremists. After I and many other Americans objected, the offending report was withdrawn. But, the fact that it was issued in the first place, just like the fact the Colorado student was ever removed from class for his Gadsden flag patch, shows how the authoritarians view the “Don’t Tread on Me” symbol.

Ron Paul speaking at his “We Are the Future” rally in Tampa, Florida, via Flickr

The reason the woke authoritarians hate the Gadsden flag has nothing to do with racism or extremism. It is because the flag represents a rejection of authoritarianism and an embrace of liberty. Benjamin Franklin originally used the rattlesnake to symbolize the rebellious American colonies. He chose the snake because the rattlesnake “never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders.” In other words, rattlesnakes follow the nonaggression principle that forbids the use of offensive force against another’s person or property but allows the use of force to defend against any violations of one’s rights — including those committed by government officials.

In contrast, authoritarianism is rooted in the notion that politicians, bureaucrats, and their favored special interests have the right to tread on everyone.

The smearing of the Gadsden flag as racist is just the latest example of how the woke left is using its power in American education and cultural institutions to discredit the symbols and ideals of limited government and free markets. The woke left views schools as a place to indoctrinate children into Cultural Marxism rather than a place where children can gain a good education.

The rise of woke education is leading many parents to consider homeschooling. Parents looking to provide their children a quality home-based education that promotes real learning that does not push a political agenda but does instruct in the history and philosophy of liberty should look into my homeschooling curriculum. My curriculum provides students with a well-rounded education that includes rigorous programs in history, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences. The curriculum also provides instruction in personal finance. Students can develop superior communication skills via intensive writing and public speaking courses. Another feature of my curriculum is that it provides students with the opportunity to create and run their own businesses.

The government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize free-market economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty. I encourage all parents looking at alternatives to government schools — alternatives that provide children with a well-rounded education that introduces them to the history and ideas of liberty without sacrificing education for indoctrination — to go to for more information about my homeschooling program.

Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, activist, physician and retired politician who served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, as well as for Texas’s 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. He has, over the years, become a veritable Libertarian icon.

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  1. I am an advocate of home schooling as well, but do have some reservations about Ron Paul’s curriculum. While many reviews give glowing accounts of his curriculum, a little research on my part has uncovered several who have a different take. The main point is that this is not a Ron Paul curriculum…instead it was authored by a Gary North who is one of the main teachers online. These parents were much upset by North’s demeaning students approach and quite resistant to parents asking any questions about the curriculum itself…his responses were found to be quite defensive and accusatory against any suggested possible changes to or clarifications of curricula content. Plus there is quite a monetary aspect to signing up as well.

    I just mention this because I have seen Ron Paul since his Congressional retirement adding his name to paid ads for gold and silver endorsements and others. Now he seems to be doing the same for this curriculum series. While I like the content of the curriculum, and it may be of benefit to many, many enrollees, I would encourage and caution those who want to take advantage of this homeschooling option to first do their own research on it and look at the many reviews out there of folks of differing viewpoints before deciding to make a commitment.

    This VDC article seems to be a Ron Paul advertisement more than anything else. Hopefully there might be others who would like to comment who have experienced this curriculum first hand.