Homeschooling: The Future of Liberty

A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education. Dictators recognize the danger that free thought poses to their rule, and few things promote the thinking of “unapproved” thoughts like an education controlled by parents instead of the state. That is why the National Socialist (Nazi) government of Germany outlawed homeschooling in 1938.

Sadly, these Nazi-era restrictions on parental rights remain the law in Germany, leaving parents who wish greater control over their children’s education without options. That is why in 2006 Uwe and Hannalore Romeike, a German couple who wanted to homeschool their three children for religious reasons, sought asylum in the United States. Immigration judge Lawrence Burman upheld their application for asylum, recognizing that the freedom of parents to homeschool was a “basic human right.”

Unfortunately, the current US administration does not see it that way, and has announced that it is appealing Judge Burman's decision. If the administration is successful, the Romeikes could be sent back to Germany where they will be forced to send their children to schools whose teaching violates their religious beliefs. If they refuse, they face huge fines, jail time, or even the loss of custody of their children!

The Administration’s appeal claims that the federal government has the constitutional authority to ban homeschooling in all fifty states. The truth is, the Constitution gives the federal government no power to control any aspect of education. Furthermore, parents who, like the Romeikes, have a religious motivation for homeschooling should be protected by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

The federal government’s hostility to homeschooling is shared by officials at all levels of government. Despite the movement’s success in legalizing homeschooling in every state, many families are still subjected to harassment by local officials. The harassment ranges from “home visits" by child protective agencies to criminal prosecution for violating truancy laws.

Every American who values liberty should support the homeschoolers’ cause. If the government can usurp parental authority over something as fundamental as the education of their children, there is almost no area of parenthood off limits to government interference.

Homeschooling has proven to be an effective means of education. We are all familiar with the remarkable academic achievements, including in national spelling bees and other competitions, by homeshcooled children. In addition, homeschooled students generally fare better than their public school educated peers on all measures of academic performance.

It makes sense that children do better when their education is controlled by those who know their unique needs best, rather than by a federal bureaucrat. A strong homeschooling movement may also improve other forms of education. If competition improves goods and services in other areas of life, why wouldn't competition improve education? A large and growing homeschooling movement could inspire public and private schools to innovate and improve.

When the government interferes with a parent's ability to choose the type of education that is best for their child, it is acting immorally and in manner inconsistent with a free society. A government that infringes on the rights of homeschooling will eventually infringe on the rights of all parents. Homeschooled children are more likely to embrace the philosophy of freedom, and to join the efforts to restore liberty. In fact, I would not be surprised if the future leaders of the liberty movement where homeschooled.

I believe so strongly in the homeschooling movement that I have just announced my own curriculum for homeschooling families. Please visit this revolutionary new project at

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Dr. Ron Paul is an American physician, author, and former politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 14th congressional district, which includes Galveston, from 1997 to 2013 as well as the 22nd congressional district for special term between 1976 and 1977, when he lost reelection in 1978, and for 3 later terms, from 1979 to 1985. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries in 2008 and 2012. Paul is best known for his libertarian views and is a critic of American foreign, domestic, and monetary policies, including the military–industrial complex, the War on Drugs, and the Federal Reserve. Paul has been married to Carol Wells since 1957. They have five children, 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ron Paul produces a weekly column known as Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk and is the author of several books.

    Should read "Homeschooling the Salvation of America". The trouble is what happens when the home schooled gets to Collage? Then they will have to fight two fronts both Communists based Education and Government. I hope they are up to it.

    • Andrea

      I agree with you that if homeschooled children attend college they have a lot to battle. I also believe they (the homeschoolers I have and know well) are well equipped to contend for their faith, and their freedom and Constitution...

      But another perspective to add is that while many homeschooled children do attend college, many of them (including our oldest so far..perhaps with some of our others) have a very deep ingenuity and drive..similar to what this nation was founded on when those attending college were less than 1%. Many become business owners, or apprentice while they are still teens, gaining valuable education, work experience and ambition in a trade or profession, without ever spending a dollar of their money (or their parents') or an hour of their time being indoctrinated in a Marxist boot camp (college/university).

      Many take community college courses in high school, and enter the military ready to become officers. Many work at the family business. Many enter the ministry or missions field.

      College can largely be a trap for publicly educated children. It seems to the be the order of the day for public school kids...parents who don't want to parent, keep them as busy as possible with soccer/clubs/organized busy-ness, and they have hours of mindless homework to take the pressure of teachers..never being a kid..never truly learning academics..history, the Constitution, then parents count down the days to taking a mortgage out on the house in order to ship them away at 17/18 to Marxist boot camp.

      Homeschooled children have great flexibility with their hours, vast responsibility at home, and are generally miles ahead in their maturity beyond that of public school children, making them an asset to the other avenues that are more successful than anytime in recent history, at providing a great future-the ones I listed above. While other teens sit in public school classrooms, my son is apprenticing for a future career, and flourishing. He's quite capable of being a leader against Marxism, should he choose to attend a 4-year college at some point in the future.


  • beaker55

    We home schooled our kids in the 80's when it was nearly taboo. A good friend who teaches Science in Middle Schools gave us copy of her national teacher's sorority publication with an article/study that proved way back then that home schooled children are much more socially adept and better adjusted when compared to the average publik skool graduate. My daughter met her husband (also home schooled) who got a full scholarship to Harvard for his masters degree. Our 'kids' are free-thinkers, bright, resourceful, successful, and independent. And more, they are not dependent on the government for anything. Can't tell I'm proud of these kids, right? Public schooling is mostly an indoctrination baby sitting service to assure compliance with 'the system' to the degree possible. We did give up the luxury of being a two-paycheck household, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

  • Steven B. Southwick

    The Home School Legal Defense Assoc has a petition on behalf of the Romeike family to get the White House to back off & give them immigration status. It urgently needs more signatures in the next week. Please click on

  • Andrea

    I'm proud to be a homeschooler, and raising children set apart from the indoctrinated "me" youth of today. You could not pay ME to send any of our children to the care of any public program, and even most private programs, for even one hour.

    God gave my husband and I the children to raise, and raise them to abide in Him, we will.

    Great article!

  • [email protected]

    Government run education does not promote freedom of thought, odd that over 40 years ago I could not tolerate the public education system and rebelled against it - went to something 'brand new' at the time called 'school without walls'. 38 years later my son also took an alternative route through HS and he is a successful and very mature college student. I greatly respect home schooling parents, EVERY one that I've known has done a fabulous job.

  • storibund

    I have my share of problems with Ron Paul. But BOY does he get this one right.

    I'm so glad he's pushing this. The future of our country hangs by a thread; so much depends on our next generation not getting subsumed by the Leviathan.

    • Nancy Law

      I'm with you ... Ron Paul can be nutty ... but he is right on about home schooling.
      We private school and SUPPLEMENT! We don't have enough home schoolers around where we live so we struggle with tuition and look over EVERYTHING they are exposed to and pump their heads with our CONSERVATIVE ideology etc.. We use a variety of materials - Abeka, BJU, Saxon Math and Singapore Math.

    • pduffy

      " Ron Paul can be nutty" ?? So let's elect a communist, left-wing, America-hating man without a birth certificate instead. Most people think Ron Paul was "nutty" because he wants to stay out of other nation's affairs, end the overseas wars, and eliminate the income tax. WOW, what a nut! He actually wants freedom! He is a kook, just like those founding fathers who also thought that the tyrant king of England had to go. WAKE UP!

    • Andrea

      Absolutely! "Nutty" concepts (read revolutionary) are what this nation needs to pull us out of the Marxist, and one-world indoctrination and entitlement dependent society so many have grown happy with.

    • pduffy

      Andrea, we are definitely of the same mind. I just wish more women would think like you, we would have a chance at a great nation once again. Too many women have just handed their children over to the 'almighty state' to raise them. God bless you for resisting and doing the job God gave you to do.

    • Elton Robb

      Ron Paul was never "nutty." Unless you want to elect communist presidents to safe guard our liberty.

  • California Architect

    We already homeschool using the Robinson Curriculum which was endorsed by Dr. North previously. I suppose Dr. North and Ron Paul created something similar. Must check it out.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    I hope Dr. North's curriculum will contain his information from his book
    "Conspiracy in Philadelphia: The Broken Covenant of the Constitution."
    Google it on, you won't be disappointed.

  • Jason Burns

    I homeschool my children. We are going to try the Ron Paul Curriculum. I can't wait!