The Ron Paul Curriculum Doesn't Need Your Oppressive Government "Accreditation"

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April 9 2013 12:29 PM

The Ron Paul Curriculum Doesn't Need Your Oppressive Government "Accreditation"

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks at George Washington University on March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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There's so much to pore over on the new page for the Ron Paul Curriculum—which is exactly what it sounds like. But the page explaining why the program will never ever try to get accredited gets right to the point. Gary North:

It is a sign of the almost overwhelming surrender of parents to the state that the parents, while saying they are fleeing from the state's schools, desperately want to use a curriculum that is accredited by the state. They are terrified of their own ability, meaning their inability, to teach their own children. They have no confidence in themselves. They do not have confidence that they can look at a curriculum, and then decide whether that curriculum is good or bad. The state has completely bamboozled them.
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People have mostly forgotten about this, but in 2010, Rand Paul faced a few days of questions about his own ophthalmology accreditation. He created the National Board of Ophthalmology in 1999, then got the organization to certify him. He didn't need any larger entity saying he could practice medicine. And he turned out OK.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.