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Former presidential candidate and devout libertarian Ron Paul has encouraged American families to homeschool their children today on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
"I want people to homeschool their children. Not everybody. This is designed to pick out the leaders that want to and maybe 20 percent might be interested in doing this," said Paul, who appeared on the show to promote his new book, New School Manifesto: A Libertarian Look at American Education.
Paul explained that homeschooling a new generation of leaders and students "would be taught different economics; they would have a different perspective on history."
"I would like to show that some of our presidents — the only great president have between warmongers — and people who argued for negotiations might be a better president," said Paul.
Paul went on to suggest that while most American students had been taught that Woodrow Wilson was one of the greatest presidents, in reality "he violently abused our civil liberties, he was the one that told us we had to march around the world and he was the one that changed our foreign policy."
When one of the panelists asked if it was in the best interest of women to stay home to teach their kids and if most families' economic situation even allowed for that, Paul acknowledged that implementation was one of his proposal's harder sales.
"[Homeschooling's] not meant to be for everybody," he said. "It's not like you're closing down the schools and everyone's going to be homeschooled. There is a going to be a choice to be made, and some people will go out of the way for their children."
Paul also said that the difficulty of having women able to stay home and teach their children themselves showed how flawed the current economic system is. He also said that his wife and he likely would not have been able to homeschool their own children.
"[Homeschooling is something you have to invest in and that is, the parents have to decide whether they are going to do it or not," he said.