"Ed-Exit" - Ron Paul Urges Americans To Secede From The Centrally-Planned School System

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Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed an executive order forbidding Maryland public schools from beginning classes before Labor Day. Governor Hogan’s executive order benefits businesses in Maryland’s coastal areas that lose school-aged summer employees and business from Maryland families when schools start in August. However, as Governor Hogan’s critics have pointed out, some Maryland school districts, as well as Maryland schoolchildren, benefit from an earlier start to the school year.

Governor Hogan’s executive order is the latest example of how centralized government control of education leaves many students behind. A centrally planned education system can no more meet the unique needs of every child than a centrally planned economic system can meet the unique needs of every worker and consumer.

Centralizing education at the state or, worse, federal level inevitably leads to political conflicts over issues ranging from whether students should be allowed to pray on school grounds, to what should be the curriculum, to what food should be served in the cafeteria, to who should be allowed to use which bathroom.

The centralization and politicization of education is rooted in the idea that education is a right that must be provided by the government, instead of a good that individuals should obtain in the market. Separating school from state would empower parents to find an education system that meets the needs of their children instead of using the political process to force their idea of a good education on all children.

While many politicians praise local and parental control of education, the fact is both major parties embrace federal control of education. The two sides only differ on the details. Liberals who oppose the testing mandates of No Child Left Behind enthusiastically backed President Clinton’s national testing proposals. They also back the Obama administration’s expansion of federal interference in the classroom via Common Core.

Similarly, conservatives who (correctly) not just opposed Clinton’s initiatives but called for the abolition of the Department of Education enthusiastically supported No Child Left Behind. Even most conservatives who oppose Common Core, federal bathroom and cafeteria mandates, and other federal education policies, support reforming, instead of eliminating, the Department of Education.

Politicians will not voluntarily relinquish control over education to parents. Therefore, parents and other concerned citizens should take a page from the UK and work to “Ed-Exit” government-controlled education. Parents and other concerned citizens should pressure Congress to finally shut down the Department of Education and return the money to American families. They also must pressure state governments and local school boards to reject federal mandates, even if it means forgoing federal funding.

Parents should also explore education alternatives, such as private, charter, and religious schools, as well as homeschooling. Homeschooling is the ultimate form of Ed-Exit. Homeschooling parents have the freedom to shape every aspect of education — from the curriculum to the length of the school day to what their children have for lunch to who can and cannot use the bathroom — to fit their child's unique needs.

Parents interested in providing their children with a quality education emphasizing the ideas of liberty should try out my homeschooling curriculum. The curriculum provides students with a well-rounded education that includes courses in personal finance and public speaking. The government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty. However, unlike government schools, my curriculum never puts ideological indoctrination ahead of education.

Parents interested in Ed-Exiting from government-run schools can learn more about my curriculum at ronpaulcurriculum.com.

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Publicus's picture

I hope Calexit.

Jim Sampson's picture

I'd so do Ron if he asked me... and I'm a straight male!

mary mary's picture

Is there a procedure in the Constitution for pushing a State out of the Republic?  I nominate California, New York, and Massachusetts, the Big Three Narcissists.

Kina's picture

Give Mexifornia to Mexico, NY to the Clintons for some beads, and Aleppo to Sorros.

AlexCharting's picture

Sure, alternatives FTW. Though homeschooling sounds lame... do you like go to prom with your mom?

mary mary's picture

Who needs a prom?  Never meet anyone who was home-schooled?

LaurelMaryCecilia's picture

Homeschoolers don't miss out on prom..........  granddaughter just went to one that had 350 kids, at a big venue, just like "anybody."  (350 because they sold out; more wanted to come) 

_mike123_'s picture

My wife and I homeschooled our four boys. I worked full time and started my second job when I got home. I schooled them in math and my wife did the rest. We schooled them until they started college, anywhere from 15 to 17 years old. Our oldest is a CPA. Our second is a Russian linguist, our third is in his third year of seminary and our youngest is pursuing a degree in computer science. The oldest two are now married. We had a wonderful social network with other HS families for our sons. It was difficult but we would do it again. The main reason most parents that consider homeschooling do not is because both parents need to work due to the federal government's tax system and personal debt. This tax system forces most families to place their children into government schools/indoctrination centers. This is all part of the government's plan. Homeschooling is considered by many in government and education to be  a rogue institution since it stands against their control.  All of our children desire to homeschool their children when the time comes. My wife and I will do what we can to support them. 


JoeSoMD's picture

All good on you.

Family down the block did the HS thing with their 6 kids.  Really polite and well behaved kids.  The kind of kids you want in a neighborhood.  They did not want for social interactions - the HS community had lots of events.  Another thing... the quality of the kids were recognized by parents that were sending their kids to public and private schools... so the non-HS parents asked the HS parents to "run" an advanced study hall for AP classes that the non-HS kids could attend with the HS kids.  The HS family took up the challenge... said it would expand the academic network for their family.  They were rock stars.  Dad is an elex engineer - mom carried the water on this deal... don't know what her level of education was but she was a saint imo.

SumTing Wong's picture

We're finding this more and more. And we have had some luck wth our local public school system. A friend and I "coach" a math team of middle schoolers and high schoolers. We were kept out of different competitions that were only for the public schools, but I started lecturing for the local teachers in their end of year teacher seminars. Luckily I'm a prof at an engineering school, and we have funds to pay for the whole shebang for the local teachers. And now, on the down-low, our kids are allowed to compete. Three of our five won trophies at the recent contest.

Now some of the local teachers are really good. Many of them suck. But when I went to talk with them, I actually opened dialogue more than just talking at them. They all felt hamstrung by Common Core and the tests. They couldn't bring real learning to the class because of this. And they wouldn't see that if they taught the students to think, then the tests would take care of themselves. This was true even of the caring, good teachers.

So we do things differently. My kids are homeschooled. By high school age they are taking classes in physics, biology, chemistry, math, even humanities at our engineering school. They will leave here either by taking two years of college and finishing a degree about age 20 or going off to some other place ready to do their major. More than half our faculty homsechool. The other half think both parents need a job so that they can afford the BMW and the vacation house. Some of us drive old Hondas and get along just fine. Our kids are worth it.

Where else do we herd everyone born within one calendar year into one room and make them be social only with the others that are from their calendar year? Our kids can take care of babies and talk with the elderly, as well as socialize with kids their age. Homeschool! It's worth it.

nmewn's picture

We have always found it incredible that (besides home schooling) .gov education mafia members really don't like charter school vouchers intruding on "their turf" either. If I recall correctly, Obama shut them down in DC when he took office.

Why yes...here it is...

"With no living, breathing students profiting from the program to give it a face and stand and defend it the Congress has little political pressure to put new money into the program," Williams wrote Monday. "The political pressure will be coming exclusively from the teacher's unions who oppose the vouchers, just as they oppose No Child Left Behind and charter schools and every other effort at reforming public schools that continue to fail the nation's most vulnerable young people, low income blacks and Hispanics.

"The National Education Association and other teachers' unions have put millions into Democrats' congressional campaigns because they oppose Republican efforts to challenge unions on their resistance to school reform and specifically their refusal to support ideas such as performance-based pay for teachers who raise students' test scores," he continued."

Of course, Juan Williams is an obvious razzzist, so there is that ;-)


SuperRay's picture

Oh right. Forget the main purpose of school was to get a prom date

Sizzurp's picture

The public schools have become infested with anti-American leftist commies. They want to indoctrinate your children with their radical subversive ideas.  Beware !!

Dead Canary's picture

This single fact should be shouted from every roof top.

There are NO schools. Just indoctrination centers.

BetterRalph's picture

yep I wrote the school with that piece of shit marxist who was punching people at the Capitol and they clammed up got off the key fast. Pretend like they don't get mail when they see I had a fucking TV show behind my ass. Fucking pussies.

Boycott all the DEGREES from Berkley. seriously.

DeathMerchant's picture

One of those fuckers must be here now and down voted you. They are like dogs walking along a street pissing on fire hydrants and trees.

silverer's picture

Home schoolers in the US consistently score higher on tests than public school students.

cowdiddly's picture

I have a friend who home-schooled his two boys and both of them went to college with excellent entrance exam scores. He is a lowly welder, really intelligent, but he has never stepped foot on a campus. He has a long white beard and looks like a member of ZZ-top. Rebel flag to the max type.

He told me he had to teach himself sometimes so he could teach his boys. So, one day I wrote out a common college freshman level integral calculus problem and asked him if he could do that. He scratched his face, licked the end of the pencil, kinda squnched up his nose and solved the thing correctly. I Know a bunch of college grads that could not.

I had to laugh, that stereo typing will get you in trouble and its not only the kid who learns a thing or two homeschooling. Ha

Mikeyy's picture

Why did he lick the end of his pencil ? 



cowdiddly's picture

I have no Idea other than he is an independent, get the gov't the hell out of my life, "South gonna do it Again" cornbred and feed country type. Heck of an amazing and moral man really and if you seen him you would guess he was some biker trash or something.

Maybe that's what they do before they write. I Dunno

DeathMerchant's picture

" In the old days the filaments used in pencils were made of different material than today's graphite which is charcoal colored and its particles separate easily on friction with the paper surface leaving clear marks. The old material did not leave much of a mark on the paper due to its high density. It was water soluble and if left in a water filled container, would dissolve completely. On contact with water it changes color from dark charcoal like color to violet blue. In order to leave a clear mark on paper it was necessary to actually moisten the tip of the pencil filament with your saliva, the resulting product behaved and flowed like ink."

BouncingCat's picture

school should start after labor Day and finish before Memorial Day.  Eliminate the days off during the year except for 10 days at Christmas/New Year and 7 days at Spring break.  Teachers can do their in-service days on the weekend or in the evenings.

mary mary's picture

Just say "no" to USA Department of Education money.  You're better off without it.

You would, though, have to fire some $100k and $200k do-nothing "educators" and "administrators".  Bot not a single frontline classroom teacher.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Yeah but where would the transgendered go for their Proms?

DeathMerchant's picture

To the Obama Presidential Library. It's the building painted in rainbow colors.

E.F. Mutton's picture

I predict Education will be one of the bloodiest battles to come.  The Left's entire future rests on indoctrinated kids - they won't let that go easily.

DeathMerchant's picture

+1000 One of the most basic communist asshole doctrines. Like the lisping, tampon earring leftist puke bitch Harris Perry said, "Those aren't your kids, they belong to the community" I say come and get em' if you can.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Easy fight....leftists don't have any guns, because they are against/afraid of guns...amiright?

Kill or be Killed's picture

Dumb assess in an Illinois county just voted a 15% increase in sales tax for the schools. They called it a building maintenance tax. Stupid fucks don't realize that it is a pension and benefit enhancement. Take the kids out of the indoctrination centers. Khan academy and other online learning programs are where it's at. Boycott the schools.

Kina's picture

What is Common Core?

SuperRay's picture

It's a deep state initiative to make children hate learning and become more compliant to indoctrination

I am Jobe's picture

I was dating a woman, single mom  in Austin, Texas and told her to homeschool her child and to that she sid she needs to work and let the school teach her kid. Dumped that bitch 

Mr.BlingBling's picture

To be fair, she probably IS used to living indoors . . .

Wilcox1's picture

Ron Paul for Education Secretary -- If He will do it.

P4K's picture

Ron Paul for any post they would give him. I like him for Sec Defense, Sec State, Special advisor for always having the right instincts, whatever. 

Bemused Observer's picture

The Feds should return the funds to the states, to spend as they need/wish, with one caveat. There must be a basic list of shit they HAVE to know upon graduation, math, English, science, etc. A test given to each student to make sure they DO know that shit, and that's it. If the students don't pass, they lose funds.

Whether each state wants to waste time and resources on bullshit 'fluff' courses is up to them. As long as he/she can read, write, and perform basic mathematical calculations, who cares if students are being offered gender studies or diversity programs, or if want to spend class time gazing at their navels...as long as it isn't being publicly funded, but paid for by those wanting it, and you manage to sneak those basics in somewhere so the kids pass their tests, no problemo.

As long as the snowflakes emerge from all that education with enough competence to stay out of adult day care, or prison, you can teach them there are 22 genders and construct bathrooms for them ALL...I don't CARE! As long as I'm not paying for it, and I get what I AM paying for (that your kid be educated before you foist him onto my world), go to town!

No more mandates from on-high that drive costs way up and create little groups of 'special people' entitled to chunks of the education funding. And local funding for anything beyond the basic menu...go knock on your neighbors doors and explain to them why their taxes should go up for shit like grief counselors for the kids who are upset at the election results...and good luck with that. It's WAAAAY easier to snag that booty when you re-route taxpayer money through the Federal bureaucracy first. Just like health insurance dollars, and everything else.

Decentralize education, and only a basic mandate for the states by the Feds. For those who say that many small districts would not be able to afford this and that, I'd say that MOST will find they can't afford this crap, and that's the whole POINT! "Federal funding" is just YOUR own tax dollars being returned to you disguised as money from somewhere else, and routed through an impressive gauntlet of money-handlers who all skim a good chunk out of it as it passes through. If you can't afford it, then you sure as hell can't afford to pay for the 'government funding' you ask for...and neither can your damned neighbors!

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Nov 23, 2016 7:25 PM

You get what you pay for. Dot Gov schools are run by leftists and unions and that is what they push.

www.khanacademy.org is still free.

MWgottaloveit's picture

These bastards just won't give up.  Bus them in, indoctrinate them, feed them, then count on their votes in several years for their trailer park offspring.  Ron Paul has been a hero of mine for years, but he never had a chance.  The Statists are too in love with power to just leave me alonr

NoWayJose's picture

Trump picked a charter school advocate for Education Secretary.

Archive_file's picture

I resent having to pay high property taxes to fund local schools even though I have no children.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

well then, according to the current President

you have 56 other states to consider living in.

Fourth Horseman's picture

Thats why I sold my properties and rent now.