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Ron Paul: Opt Out Of Common Core

FORMER CONGRESSMAN OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO FEDERAL STANDARDS …  Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state’s children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal…

FORMER CONGRESSMAN OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO FEDERAL STANDARDS … 

Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state’s children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core.

Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education “experts.”  In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with “reform math.”  Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on “abstract thinking” instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction.  Schools must also replace classic works of literature with “informational” texts, such as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Those poor kids!

Oklahoma will likely not be the last state to explicitly ban Common Core, as grassroots opposition to this latest federal education “reform” scheme continues to grow.  While “reform math” and the use of “informational” texts grab headlines and fuel the outrage behind this movement, they are just symptoms of the problem, not the cause.  The devil with Common Core lies not in its details but in its underlying principle.  That principle is that that DC-based central planners can develop a curriculum suitable for every student.  The idea that government “experts” can centrally plan a nation’s educational system is just as flawed as the idea that government can centrally plan the economy.

One major flaw in a curriculum designed by central planners for use by all students is that it will likely not be academically rigorous enough to meet the needs of college-bound students.  Yet at the same time, “one-size-fits-all”curricula like Common Core offer little to meet the needs of students interested in technical or vocational education opportunities.

Growing dissatisfaction with Common Core and other centralized education schemes is leading an increasing number of parents to pursue alternatives such as homeschooling.  Throughout my congressional career I was a defender of homeschooling.  Now that I am out of Congress, I have expanded my work with homeschoolers through my Ron Paul Curriculum.  The curriculum provides students with a rigorous education in history, math, English, foreign languages, and other subjects.  While the curriculum is designed to prepare students for college-level work, students not interested in pursuing a traditional four-year college degree will also benefit.

The curriculum features three tracks: natural science/math, social sciences/humanities, and business.  Students may also take courses in personal finance and public speaking.  The curriculum avoids the ideological biases common in public schools; for example, the government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty.

Students can use the student discussion forums to interact with, learn from, and teach their peers.

One unique feature of the curriculum is that it gives students the opportunity to start their own Internet-based businesses.

The curriculum is free for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.  Families above the fifth grade pay $250 a year, plus $50 per course.  However, for the next three months, the Ron Paul Curriculum is offering — for non-members only — an online summer school refresher program for students above the fifth grade.  For just $25 students can access the curriculum for three months.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents to see if my curriculum meets their child’s needs.

If you are a parent dissatisfied with existing education options, I hope you will take advantage of the Ron Paul Curriculum’s summer refresher program and consider opting out of Common Core and opting in to the Ron Paul Curriculum.

For information on my summer refresher program please see HERE.  For information on the curriculum please see HERE.

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89 comments

GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Better not vote for Molly Spearman. She never met a government program she did not like.

Get an explanation, and good advice, here: http://scdigest.blogspot.com/2014/06/vote-atwater-in-tuesdays-june-24-gop.html

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Sit Down, Fool June 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I’m voting for Molly Spearman!

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James June 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

What?

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

A lot of democrat are crossing over. Then you’ll vote for the “Buy a lid for the kids” democrat in Nov.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I’m tempted to just to piss T off.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Atwater sounds like a complete imbecile.

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The you’ll have something in common.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Dude, I’ve never once insulted you on here, guess no good deed goes unpunished.

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

He’s always stumbling into tables, knocking over chairs, breathing on the patrons… In his fog, he probably doesn’t realize what he’s doing… his kids probably wonder what all the noise is, coming from the attic.

He’s always slurring his letters.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Dude, I’ve never once insulted you on here,…

Why on earth not?

Fat Greg Dulli June 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

LOL, I don’t know TBG, but it’s never to late to get to the party as long as the party ain’t over.

CorruptionInColumbia June 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

She is. That is exactly why I am voting for her. “Education” (said, “Aiducayshun” in nasal, whiney, voice) has become one of the biggest boondoggles and scams to separate the taxpayers from their hard-earned money, ever. The bigger the idiot in that office, the less likely she will be able to successfully initiate new, idiotic programs to cost us more money. Spearman is like Hillary Clinton. She has enough brains to be dangerous.

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RogueElephant June 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

You might have something there. Spearman won’t help anything but the bureaucracy. Like it needs help. LOL I’m voting for Atwater. Now , thanks to you I have another reason to do so.

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

She married Lee, didn’t she?

She’s nuttier than squirrel shit.

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The Colonel June 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Damnit! I’m thinking like a liberal-terian again, Common Core is a clown car looking for a place to disgorge passengers.
The program is not challenging enough for some while focusing on skills likely to be beyond the abilities and needs of others. For the mainstream child one curriculum is no worse than another generally and usually allows for a tiered approach. Vocational training must be part of our high school options just as college prep and advanced placement courses.

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Sadly: Common Core bashes Abe Lincoln and White Forefathers. It promotes reward based on ethnicity. And Common Core calls for abolishing the requirement that presidents be born on American soil.

Those ant-traditional ideals are all subject to being adopted by Liberal-Tarians. Liberal-Tarians have that victim,” I’m different from the square Republicans” mentality. You want to think of yourselves as special, or para-American. CC plays on the weak-principled, like Liberal-Tarians.

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MyDaddyIsRich June 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

No it does not. You are an idiot.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I heard Common Core is actually this supercomputer that uploads Satanic scriptures into your brain, rendering you unable to resist the New World Order and making you a slave to the Illuminati.

No, seriously, it’s all here in my manifesto. *pulls out a dirty, ripped napkin with scribbles, crude drawings, and a tic-tac-toe game on it*

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

You start babbling Bull$#!t. A sure sign you either have not read it or you’re too stupid to comprehend anything you have read.

Or it may be you know how bad it is, and you are so F*#king stupid, you think trying to change the subject, does not make you look like the Dumb@$$ you are….

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I have three different keyboards – each with the keys in different places – so that I won’t fall under the spell of cookie-cutter typing.

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Fascinating! June 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The great thing is you had a choice to do that. Nobody said, “Use this one and we’ll pay for it, otherwise we are taking your money if you use the other two.”

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I’m planning on gouging my eyes out later this evening.

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Not the face! June 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Might be a bit extreme, but at least it’s your choice.

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Death is usually something you can choose… but you can’t choose to be rich… or good looking… or smart.

Not in the face! June 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

“but you can’t choose to be rich”

You may not be able to check a box for that choice, but you can try to do some things to make it a more likely event.

“Rich” is also very subjective, most poor people in the US have air conditioning, TV’s, & cell phone’s in addtion to a place to live….so their status as “poor” might be laughable to someone living in a grass hut in Africa.

Also, I know plenty of ugly and/or dumb people that have found a way to be “rich”.

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

“but you can’t choose to be rich”

You may not be able to check a box for that choice, but you can try to do some things to make it a more likely event.
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yup, and just about the time you decide to be a wolf, a wolf eats your little rabbit ass.

Also, I know plenty of ugly and/or dumb people that have found a way to be “rich”.
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yeah.. I know – it’s called stupid. Please, may I have another? Can I be the bully tomorrow?

Let’s vote for the alpha male – he’ll protect us out of self-interest… unless he happens to have a few screws loose and kills us for pleasure.

Not in the face! June 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Such a dreary outlook on your part. How do you make it through the day?

If nothing is up to us, but instead based on the “good graces” of those on high trickling down on us with a golden shower, as you would have us believe, then what is the point in picking which one gets to do the trickling?

Have some faith in yourself for crying out loud.

People that want to be rich have to become “wolves”? Come on man, you really can’t believe all this stuff.

Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

How do you make it through the day?

Let’s put a SMIIIIILEEEE on that face!

Not in the face! June 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

lol….”It’s a great day in SC!”

Look, it’s all fine and dandy to rip on our perpetually incompetent gov’ts, but I’m just saying that despite the big crushing boot they continuously put on the face of humanity we all have opportunities to sneak out from under it.

If you think you can’t, why not just open your veins and take a nice warm bath?

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Such a dreary outlook on your part. How do you make it through the day?
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Actually, my days are full of sunshine. I’m a very happy man.

If nothing is up to us

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now *that* is *your* problem – you listen, but you do not hear.

Not in the face! June 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

“Actually, my days are full of sunshine. I’m a very happy man.”

Yes….I can see that.

Btw, why do you go back and edit your responses so much? Is it really that important to you? My responses now don’t even makes sense in light of your edits on the last couple go rounds, there’s no continuity now.

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I’m an artist.

willblogformoney June 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

You’re an asshole.

euwe max June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm

It’s a gift.

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

You don’t get it – nonconformity is the answer – not some dodo work-around. Put your shoes on backwards – prove the premise… nonconformity macht frei.

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The Colonel June 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I’m a phony nonconformist…

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

a nonconphoneist?

Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Nonconformist can’t agree on anything except to disagree.

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Nonconformist can’t agree on anything except to disagree.
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I can’t agree with that.

Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I agree.

CorruptionInColumbia June 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm

… pick your nose and eat the snot when you see an attractive woman – she’ll realize she’s in the presence of inspired genius, and reciprocate by pulling you into the nearest hideaway and fucking your brains out.”

I’ve been doing that for years, still for some reason, I can’t seem to get laid anymore. Am I doing it wrong?

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Pro-tip June 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Yes, you have to wipe your nose and mouth with a $100 bill after you do it.

CorruptionInColumbia June 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Ah-ha! I knew there was some little detail I was omitting!

euwe max June 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Did you use the chloroform?

TL;DR June 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

sooooo draining……

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euwe max June 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm
GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Why is FITS not commenting on the LexCo Council run-off tomorrow?

FITS claims to dislike RINOs and taxes. It a clear-cut race of a pro-tax, RINO- vs an anti-tax fiscal Conservative.

http://scdigest.blogspot.com/2014/06/vote-ned-tolar-in-tuesdays-lexington.html

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T's Baby Video June 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Here’s a better link:http://youtu.be/zbNg43zdabE

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Moar spam!

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CorruptionInColumbia June 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

… or, given some of his comments on other threads a few days ago, moar sperm…

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CorruptionInColumbia June 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Good point, GT. I wish I was in that district so I could vote for Ned Tolar. I really hope the people of LexCo are smart enough to vote Mr Tax Increase, Bill Banning, out of office. Of course, when I read where idiots in the neighborhood of the woman who was murdered recently in West Columbia were saying to call Bill Banning when questions about her safety first arose, my hopes severely diminished. “Call Bill Banning”? Really? Not the cops but Bill Banning? I guess they figured he would tax her back to safety.

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

CIC…you are 100% RIGHT in everything you said. You reported it w/ style, too.
You hit the nail on the head. That is the mentality of the Banning voter. A Good ol’ boy who has some people convinced he can do anything for them. (for a tax increase, of course)…

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Rather than “opt out” of Common Core, can we start demanding we “opt in” on something that is going to actually improve public school performance? We need some kind of solution, because refusing an alternative and remaining complacent is not going to do us any favors down the road.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Groups with lower numbers of unwed mothers seem to do better with the whole educational experience. Are we willing to bring this discussion into the fold?

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

No, he’s a democrat. He’d NEVER be honest about the REAL issues facing educators.

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MyDaddyIsRich June 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Yes. Should we outlaw divorce?

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Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

“Unwed mother” suggests that they were never married in the first place.

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

No, but when trial lawyers, and liberals encourage Divorce, will you PAY for all the expense to society you are responsible for…Dumb@$$????

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Nah, don’t outlaw divorce, just enact a “forced marriage” law. Once you give birth you have two years to get married or they pick some random person to marry you to. Might as well start with homeless people, the mentally disturbed, and people in halfway houses. Think of the tax dollars we’ll save!

In all seriousness, the “unwed mother” line is just an excuse to point blame and ignore having to come up with actual solutions. We can’t help kids’ parental situation any more than the kids themselves can. All we can do is adjust how we handle teaching kids in shitty situations. It’s an uncomfortable truth.

If you want a solution to single parent households (granted this is just off the top of my head), how about having people after school to help tutor children and help them do their homework, study for a test, or work on papers/projects? If their grades suffer or they aren’t turning in stuff, make them go to it, almost like detention? Spend enough time on the child to make sure they get what they need? But that costs money, that puts the bill on the taxpayer dime, which is what the guys who bring up “unwed mothers” don’t want in the first place.

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Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

—–If you want a solution to single parent households (granted this is just off the top of my head), how about having people after school to help tutor children and help them do their homework,—

How about the unwed father?

Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Can you find the unwed father?

Is it safe to have the unwed father around the child?

Is the unwed father going to be capable of giving the child the help they need?

Is the unwed father willing? Even if you chain him to the desk, it doesn’t force him to comply.

Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

The more ways you try to replace fathers, the more you have to replace.

Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

That makes no sense.

Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Historically, culturally the most significant role a father served was as provider. Since welfare and WIC not only replaced the father but often eligibility required the father not to be in the home.
Education is the same. It is all in the hands of professionals. Parents are no longer knowledgeable enough to make education decisions for their children. They become less involved and blame the professionals. The child performs poorly.
I can tell you more about a child’s performance in school by meeting the parents than you can by meeting the teachers, seeing the school or knowing the curriculum.
School choice reverses the trend, placing more responsibility on parents. Competition improves all the choices, so that even children of uninvolved parents have better schools.
If Common Core was a choice, it might be good, but once it becomes a standard then it is just another stale bureaucracy.

Smirks June 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Groups with lower numbers of unwed mothers seem to do better with the whole educational experience.

i.e. not minorities and poor people, right?

Are we willing to bring this discussion into the fold?

Sure, if you can actually suggest something that would improve their education.

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Have you looked at any of the CC “learning” material? If so, tell me what you saw that makes you in favor of it?

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MyDaddyIsRich June 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It is better than the ceral boxes and comic books your education came from.

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Centrist View June 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

The choice of standards does not really matter unless students are willing to spend enough time and effort doing their school work.

Learning takes time and effort. Over the years, I received several notes or emails from my kids teachers indicating that several of their students were not doing their school work or handing in assignments.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I do think standards matter, though I don’t think standards can fix all of the issues.

Also, there’s lazy students out there, sure, but how many of them aren’t properly disciplined by their parents? How many want their parents to help them, but their parents don’t? Bad parenting can really harm a child’s education and it isn’t a solution that the school can fix sometimes.

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Centrist View June 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

“The curriculum is free for students from
kindergarten through fifth grade. Families above the fifth grade pay
$250 a year, plus $50 per course. However, for the next three months,
the Ron Paul Curriculum is offering — for non-members only — an online
summer school refresher program for students above the fifth grade. For
just $25 students can access the curriculum for three months. This is
an excellent opportunity for parents to see if my curriculum meets their
child’s needs.”

Shouldn’t this be on the right side of the screen with the other banner ads?

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okay June 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Ron Paul, along with being a ruhtard, is among the larger self-promoters in the political game. That says something.

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SCBlueWoman June 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Yes, let’s opt out. Why should SC ever want to be judged on the same set of standards that would make us globally competitive. Let’s stay last in edumacation and let’s be proud of that. YaY!

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Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

And you have children currently enrolled in public school?

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Didn’t Hitler Judge all you Nazis by the same standard?

That may answer your question…and answer everybody else’s question about who, and what, you are.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I don’t care so much whether we adopt Common Core or not as long as we are actually trying to do something, anything at all. Refusal followed by stagnation is essentially saying “We like keeping our kids dumb.”

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idiotwind June 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

holy fuck. is there no topic this man doesn’t have ass-backwards??

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

To a decent degree, foreign policy.

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idiotwind June 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

oh c’mon. he was right about one thing – iraq. but millions of americans were against it as well. and frankly i don’t recall hearing him shout from the rooftops until years into it. maybe he did…

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cuvinny June 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Fits is so hit up for money he is doing advertising for the Ron Paul home school shit now, haha

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MyDaddyIsRich June 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Because he is worried about education “experts” you can now get a curriculum from an optometrist.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm Reply
Fat Greg Dulli June 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

What’s your point with that? Plenty of physicians aren’t board certified.

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Mike at the Beach June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Insult them at will, but at least get your facts straight- Ron Paul is not an optometrist, he’s a longtime obstetrician and gynecologist (MD). You are probably thinking of Rand, but he’s not handing out eyeglasses at Wal-Mart either- he’s a licensed eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) and also an MD who graduated from med school at Duke. He’s involved in a longstanding dispute with the certification board that he protests, but many people assume that has something to do with his medical license (which it does not).

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MyDaddyIsRich June 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

The Rand Paul curriculum. I am still laughing.

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Rick June 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

In South Carolina, we have about 700 big fat Ph.D education consultants Inez Tenenbaum installed down on Senate Street who ought to be able to answer some of these questions – provided they are back from the Golden Corral all you can eat buffet by now.

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idcydm June 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Future generations will not be able to read our original founding documents.

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Sassan June 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

“The curriculum avoids the ideological biases common in public schools; for example, the government and history sections of the curriculum emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty.”

Yes, there are absolutely zero ideological bent in the Ron Paul educational program. Never mind it that it teaches your kids to be a libertarian ideologue that is apt in believing in looney conspiracy theories. Never mind it teaches an alternative history in which the U.S. was the aggressor against Hitler and that we should have never intervened to help put an end to Hitler and the Holocaust. Yes, please join this curriculum that avoids ideological biases LOL

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GrandTango June 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Big Breaking Story: Lexington County Sheriff’s Department RAIDED!!!..

Read: http://scdigest.blogspot.com/2014/06/lexinton-county-sheriffs-office-raided.html

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