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Restroom debate prompts homeschool push

Nathan Powers hands off the baton to teammate Joseph Cummings during the 1,600 meter relay at the Pirate Invitational.

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Nathan Powers hands off the baton to teammate Joseph Cummings during the 1,600 meter relay at the Pirate Invitational.

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Ron Paul

Debates over the U.S. government’s foreign and economic policies have recently taken a backseat to the debate over what bathroom transgender individuals should use. The two sides of the debate believe government has the legitimate authority to tell private businesses who they should allow to use their facilities. Few defend the right of private property owners to decide for themselves who may and may not use their bathrooms.

Some say government must be involved to ensure private businesses do not violate individual rights. Those who make this claim are accepting the idea that rights are no more than a gift from the government that can be revoked at the will and whim of legislators and bureaucrats. This argument turns rights from a shield protecting our liberties into a sword that can and will be used to increase government control of our lives.

Two weeks ago, the Department of Education waded into this debate by threatening to withhold federal funds from schools that do not allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. State and local officials around the country have promised to resist.

However, given how addicted most state and local governments and school boards are to federal funds, it is likely that even most conservative will eventually capitulate.

One positive result from this controversy is that it may encourage more parents to homeschool.

Homeschooling provides children a quality education that meets children’s needs while allowing parents to ensure education reflects their values and beliefs, not the values and beliefs of federal bureaucrats.

Working with a team of top scholars, I have created my own homeschooling curriculum. My homeschooling curriculum provides students with a rigorous education in history, math, English, and other subjects. The curriculum is designed to benefit both college-bound students and those interested in pursuing other educational opportunities.

The curriculum features three tracks: natural sciences/math, social sciences/humanities, and business. Students may also take courses in personal finance and public speaking.

The government and history sections emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty. Unlike government school, my curriculum never puts ideological indoctrination ahead of education.

For information please go to ronpaulcurriculum.com.

— Ron Paul is a former Congressman and presidential candidate. He can be reached at RonPaulInstitute.org.

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