Tom Woods writes:
Not long ago I noted that I was at work on a K-12 homeschool curriculum. What I didn't say, because it hadn't yet been made public, was that it's Ron Paul's homeschool curriculum I'm working on.
I'll be teaching much of the history for the upper grades, as well as co-teaching a course on government for ninth graders. It's a full-service curriculum, containing all the courses, including math and the sciences, that a student needs.
Here are seven things that are great about this curriculum:
(1) Grades K-5 will be available for free. You have six years to try out the program without having to spend a dime.
(2) Students will learn the origins and travails of liberty in the Western world and in the United States in particular.
(3) Students will learn the economics of the Austrian School.
(4) Students can learn at their own pace. If they're advanced and move more quickly, they can quiz out of the first two years of college and enter college as juniors.
(5) The emphasis in this program is not simply on teaching from a different point of view, or teaching material that no other school or curriculum offers, although the Ron Paul Curriculum does both of these things. But it also emphasizes oral and written communication, so that students will be able to spread and defend their ideas effectively. Students will have their own blogs, start YouTube channels, and even learn the basics of video production, website design, and Internet marketing.
(6) It's cheap. For access to the forums, it's $250 per year, per family. (If you have ten children, it's still just $250 for you.) Each course is just $50. No textbooks -- they're awful, and we use pdfs and primary documents to teach students -- so you'll save hundreds of dollars that way as well.
(7) Parents who wish they'd had the chance for this kind of education can listen to the lectures their children are hearing. We've made them of a length that works well with the average commute.
By September 2, we expect to have the material for grades 6-10 available. We'll continue to add grades until December 2015 -- our target date -- when we expect to have the entire K-12 curriculum finished.
The website officially launched today. Check it out, and sign up. Right now the site has an excellent course on high school preparation, which covers such topics as how to study, personal goal-setting, time management, public speaking, speed reading, typing, note-taking and retrieval, software for essay writing, how to set up a YouTube channel, how to set up a WordPress blog site, and that most challenging skill, how to read a book. Between now and September 2 you can join the site and access that course for $25.