Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis.) A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)
Tonight I flipped through Ron Paul’s new book The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System — the official release date is tomorrow — for the first time since seeing a draft several months ago. Now I am a harsh book critic. I don’t like books that waste my time, don’t teach me anything, or don’t give me any new ideas. But in this one, interesting insights jump off virtually every page. I am instantly convinced by the book’s thesis.
Naturally I already agreed with its central premise: that parents are the primary educators of children. But the subsidiary points are so important. This is the first time I have read an argument against small class sizes, for instance. It’s counterintuitive, but I am convinced it is correct. Also, how should students learn? With a teacher over their shoulders? Or as they get older, should they learn how to learn by themselves?
Dr. Paul’s ideas about how the new technological revolution can (and will) change education, and how we should be poised to benefit from this — as parents and as members of the “liberty movement” — are thrilling. I wouldn’t have thought I’d be all that interested in a book about education, but it really does matter. Without a revolution in education, the book says, there is no Revolution. Indeed.