The announcement today by Dr. Gary North of the Ron Paul Curriculum — roll-out scheduled for Fall 2013 — is big news. REALLY big news. It should give statists, socialists, academic leftists and other social and cultural miscreants reason to fear and tremble.
We’re not talking about a mere educational innovation here. This is a REVOLUTION in the making!
This will, if it is successful, spur an ongoing cultural and social reconfiguration of every institution in society — a total transformation of civil, political, ecclesiastical and family life as we know it — the likes of which none of us has ever seen before.
Are you ready for a restoration of liberty, constitutional government, free enterprise/free-market (“Austrian”) economics, a “non-humanist” renaissance in literature, learning, the arts and sciences, a peaceful, well-informed rolling back of tyranny, poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and their attendant evils?
And, if all goes well, given enough time, eventually, who knows, maybe even a restoration and flourishing of a true and vibrant biblical Christendom around the world?
“Christendom restored.” That has a nice ring to it!
But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The breaking news of this intellectual watershed event is enough to buoy us up for the moment with substantive hope for the future of humanity.
The fact that the convergence of digital technology and academic mastery have brought about this breakthrough in the delivery of education — instantaneous, “eternal” (the Internet is forever), global, and both free and cheap to the next generation of learners — is a marvel to behold.
So, let’s behold it together.
Here, in this four-and-a-half-minute video, the curriculum’s lead developer, Dr. Gary North, gives a detailed description and overview of what the program has to offer the academic buying public in terms of its “USP” — Unique Schooling Proposition — and it is unique!
You can read the complete description and summary article on the program, published today, here.
I browsed the Ron Paul Curriculum website. There is a page where the course instructors are introduced. Wow!
Can you imagine having a super-heavyweight in the liberty community like Tom Woods teaching you history? Or a well–known and respected academic quantity like Timothy Terrell teaching you economics? Or, how about this… a steely, take-no-prisoners, Bulgarian master of Christian missions and all things theological like Bojidar Marinov teaching you math! For a rock-bottom price like this?
I can’t either.
There is also a page written by the former Congressman, Dr. Paul, entitled in no uncertain terms, “This Site is Phase 2 of My Revolution: Beyond Politics.” He makes no bones about his intentions of reclaiming education: “I believe homeschooling is the wave of the future.” http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/118.cfm (Understatement. It is a tsunami!)
Until the official launch of the program on Sept. 2, 2013, Dr. North is offering a “how-to” course to help you prepare for and maximize the benefits of the curriculum:
You can access the High School Preparation course here.
This is truly amazing. If you have been following the progress, success and steady inroads the digital, online (and FREE!) education juggernaut has been making within the academic world during the last few years, you know what a momentous occasion this is. We already know from the gigantic success of Khan Academy that the “self-taught” web-based video model works. And we know from the popularity of the free college lectures and courses offered by M.I.T. and Harvard that this model works. It works because it’s actually not the student teaching himself. It’s the student learning independently at his own pace from a master teacher. In this case, he is learning from a bevy of master teachers: the best of the best — specialists in their field. And he can review and rewind, fast forward and skip over material to his heart’s (and mind’s) content. He is also learning from his peers through student-led forums and discussions. This is not re-inventing the wheel or flooding the market with cheap educational “alternatives.” (Or, maybe it is!) It is iron sharpening iron. Skilled craftsmen forging and shaping steel. Gold and silver being purified and refined.
But enough with the metallic metaphors.
This development is a phenomenal one. Another nail has just been driven into the atheist-humanist, anti-Christian, anti-liberty academic cartel’s coffin. The handwriting is on the wall — or on the touchscreen. As the foundations of a monopolistic, bureaucratic, statist education system continue to crack and crumble, a freshly-laid, superior superstructure of technology-based, liberty-and-free-market-driven education and intellectual development, advancement and enhancement is taking its place. September 2nd can’t get here fast enough. Let there be a renewal of liberty and learning and a revival in the theology of Christian excellence in all things. Let the reconstruction of Western Civilization begin!