It’s not big secret that conservatives aren’t a fan of public education. At least that’s the sense you get from a group of people who hate the teachers’ unions, don’t want a single tax raised to help pay for education, and who would rather you either home school your children or put them in private charter classrooms than send them to a robust and competitive, academically sound public school, right? Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, recently retired Congressman and libertarian perennial pipe-dream presidential candidate Ron Paul was promoting his new book on educational reforms and made his case for keeping kids out of public schools.
““I want people to home school their children,” Rep. Paul said. “Not everybody. This is designed to pick out the leaders that want to and maybe 20 percent might be interested in doing this,” Paul said of the plan in his book for more people to teach their kids at home. Why? Because Ron Paul wants you to teach your kids the version of history that will make them libertarians, that’s why. He doesn’t like that the Federal Reserve isn’t demagogued, and he doesn’t like “war mongering” presidents being shown as the best presidents.
Maybe Ron Paul has a point about not teaching our children that only through brute force and armaments can you weave an effective foreign policy for your society. However, it’s very clear that Paul’s push to home schooling is just one more attempt to move America’s children away from a publicly funded education that is built on solid, factual history, math, science and the arts and into a home-schooling environment where conservatives can build a curriculum that emphasizes their philosophies. Why else would Paul be so concerned about kids learning the basics of economics somewhere that he hasn’t crafted the message?
For all their rhetoric about how liberals want to indoctrinate your children in your schools, conservatives sure do seem to have no problem indoctrinating children by way of education themselves; they just apparently prefer a venue closer to home. To their credit, a couple of the other panel guests made sure to challenge Paul’s assertions, with Katty Kay going so far as to say his proposal would likely hurt young girl’s education, to which of course Ron Paul lamented women having to go in to the work force, not the fact that when they do they aren’t treated equally to men. The agenda really isn’t all that well hidden is it?
Watch Ron Paul’s segment below.