Why is Ron Paul pro-homeschooling?
The constitution doesn’t give the federal government the right to control education which is why Ron Paul wants to get rid of the Department of Education. “My commitment to ensuring homeschooling remains a practical alternative for American families is unmatched by any other Presidential candidate. Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda.”
Ron Paul believes that no nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family does.
Ron Paul has fought to ensure that high school diplomas earned through homeschooling are treated the same way as other high school diplomas.
As President, he will veto any legislation that would encroach on homeschooling parents’ rights.
Ron Paul understands that homeschooling parents must pay for textbooks, computers, and other school supplies while, like all American families, struggling to pay state, local, and federal taxes. To help parents educate their children, he has introduced the “Family Education Freedom Act” to provide all parents with a $5,000 per child tax credit for K-12 education expenses. (More on this topic later.)
Interview Question: If homeschooling were not as successful in all areas as it has been, would you still support it? In other words, how does your message of freedom relate to homeschooling?
Ron Paul Responds: In a free society, parents should have the freedom to choose the best educational options for their children.
That’s why my commitment to ensuring homeschooling remains a practical alternative for American families is unmatched by any other Presidential candidate.
Study after study proves that homeschooled and privately schooled children far outpace their public school counterparts.
However, despite the obvious benefits of homeschooling, I support the concept on the principle that parents – not government bureaucrats – know and understand the educational needs of their children best. If problems were to arise, I would still believe they would be best sorted out on the local level and not by federal bureaucrats.
Many of those who support the current system, despite its obvious state of complete disaster, do so because they refuse to accept any other option than government control.
Those of us who believe in freedom must be equally as uncompromising in our resolve to defend liberty and protect the rights of parents.