By M. Butler
February 26, 2018, I had a parent meeting (one of many) with my 2nd grader's homeroom teacher/special Ed teacher/ Principal. It would be my last. We spent the next 2 days saying good bye to her many friends and teachers. On March 1, 2018 we were up and running with our first day of homeschool through the RPC.
All of my friends expressed to me that they "felt sorry that I had to homeschool; that it's too much of a burden they would and could never put on their plate." "Are you going crazy just trying to pull it all together," they
asked. I told them about the Ron Paul Curriculum and how this curriculum is special because it does all the teaching for me through video. All the
instructors have university degrees, bachelors degrees, masters, etc. as
well as a GIFT FOR TEACHING--something the public schools severely lack.
As a result, I was very calm at the parent-teacher meeting that day knowing
that I was going to be just fine...meanwhile, the poor teachers acted
emotional trying to explain why they failed and why she was so behind. Their reasons were valid. They are no longer to create their own curriculum. They are not able to move at their own pace, they are forced to move fast. I
asked how fast in comparison to teaching in the 80's when I grew up. They said, about "six times faster". They must introduce a concept then quickly test them, and move on to the next concept. There is little repetition." This
means that visual learners like my daughter fall behind while auditory
learners can succeed (by their standards) in this type of environment.
Essentially the elementary schools across the country have taken on the role of 'ACCELERATED University programs." Only instead of teaching adults, they do it to little kids who are still developing. By the end of the meeting her teacher knew that I got it. That I understand what the problem was. She thanked me for being willing to homeschool. Then she became even more emotional and said she was tired of all of it. That she was frustrated that she can't delve into any one subject for any length of time. She threw her hands up in the air and admitted to all kinds of grievances with her job. The other teachers in the room looked down and nodded their heads in agreement."
So much for the no child left behind act.
More importantly though, my daughter was in terrible condition when I got
her. She had developed stomach aches systematically at certain parts of the day. I assured her we were in no rush to learn and that all her stomach aches would disappear. After 2 weeks, they disappeared. I assessed her. By second grade, she did not know the whole ABC song. She could not write or form her letters that well. She didn't know every letter's sound. She did not know addition except 2+2 or 2+3. She had memorized only those two, but she really didn't understand the concept of adding. She could not count to 100. She could not count backwards. But she has always been a willing student.
Fast forward 2 months and 3 weeks later. She knows the ABC song perfectly (of course!). She can count to a thousand. Her handwriting is looking better than mine. She has memorized ALL of her addition facts! Subtraction is going almost as well. She writes numbers in reading form to 100 ("seventy-eight"). She can quickly count backwards from 100. Her RP math teacher Paul Ramirez is amazing, as well as her Reading teacher. They are calm and stable. They are good examples for children. Every day she gives me a hug and says, "thank you mama for teaching me. I'm really starting to understand things.
Folks. . . there was never anything wrong with her. But there is something VERY wrong with the public schools. Thanks to the department of education, my daughter is 2 years behind. However, because of the RP Curriculum I am 100% confident that she will catch up. Not only will she catch up, but she will end up smarter than the avg. employee in American by 2024. I'm not saying this to brag or take things too far. The RP Curriculum delves DEEP into the subjects, in a smooth repetitive manner. She is also learning how to problem solve -- not just quickly regurgitate info for some state mandated test. That is not true learning. By nature it is dishonest and deceitful.
And besides all that, no more tears and sleepless nights for me, her mother.
No stress on me to teach. Just the fun of organizing her folders, correcting
her papers, sitting by her and running the computer. I wake up every day
excited to run my school. I love organization. What joy fills my soul that
I am fulfilling my calling as a MOTHER.
The Ron Paul Curriculum is everything it promises to be and more.