Business 9, Lesson 125 – Advertisement to Join RPC

Have you been thinking of home-schooling your child, but are slightly hesitant to do it?  Do you want a home-school Curriculum that does not require textbooks, handwritten papers, and other nuisances?  Do you want a home-school Curriculum that offers a good education to your child without you having to act as a full-time teacher?  If you said yes to all these questions, consider joining the Ron Paul Curriculum.

The Ron Paul Curriculum is a liberty and freedom based online home-school Curriculum that offers courses from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  The Curriculum requires almost zero parent involvement starting 3rd grade.  Not only does this give parents time to take care of the house or do their jobs, it teaches the student ownership and responsibility from a young age.

Every course offered in the Ron Paul Curriculum teaches students in 20-30 minute videos with reading assignments.  Every course (besides Math) requires students to write an essay every five lessons.  If you do one lesson every day, you have to write essays weekly.  This teaches students good essay skills and gives them plenty of opportunities to improve their writing.  The Curriculum also requires students to set up a blog (which is completely free if you use WordPress.com) where they can post their weekly essays.  Not only does this teach the child blogging skills, but it proves to people that your child has been doing school and has been improving their skills over the years, and it allows the student to receive feedback on their essays from other RPC students.  Students can post their essays to the various forums available.  These forums serve as a database of essays for future students and a place where students and parents can talk to one another.

The best part about the Curriculum are the high school courses.  Starting 8th Grade real life topics are being taught to students.  The Curriculum offers a Personal Finance course, a Public Speaking course, and two Business courses in High school.

There is an annual fee of $250 and $50 for each course.  But if this Curriculum doesn’t work out for the student, you have a 60 day money back guarantee. 

If this Curriculum interests you, click here to get started.

Business 9, Lesson 120 – 15 Benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum

In my last essay I listed five reasons to join the Ron Paul Curriculum based off of my personal experience.  Today’s essay is going to be slightly similar.  I am going to be listing fifteen benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Benefit One: the curriculum is self-taught starting 4th grade.  This teaches the child discipline and gives them a sense of responsibility.

Benefit Two: because the curriculum is self-taught, parents do not have to act as full-time teachers.  They can work from home or take care of the household without having to worry about their child’s school.

Benefit Three: the curriculum is self-paced.  The student can go at whatever pace they desire, resulting in a zero stress education.

Benefit Four: if the curriculum does not work out for a certain family they have 60 days to get a refund of their money.

Benefit Five: students are not required to use textbooks.  This saves money for the parents.  All books required for the courses are free on PDFs or can be bought from Kindle for under $10.

Benefit Six: speed reading is taught in ABC (Academic Boot Camp) and encouraged in all of the other courses.

Benefit Seven: weekly essays are required starting 4th grade.  This not only teaches the students how to write good essays, but it gives them plenty of opportunities to practice their skills.

Benefit Eight: there are forums for every course where students can talk to one another when they need help or get constructive criticism on their essays and/or speeches.  The forums also serve as a database of students’ essays, allowing future RPC students to get essays for inspiration when it is their turn to write.

Benefit Nine: RPC offers unique courses like Business (two Business courses in high school), Public Speaking, and Personal Finance.  Regular schools do not offer courses like these to high school students.

Benefit Ten: the curriculum is very easy-going and allows students to have flexible schedules.

Benefit Eleven: the curriculum is 100% online.  Because of this it is possible for the student to do schoolwork anywhere.

Benefit Twelve: there is no extra work to do after the class is over.  The student is given assignments to do after watching the videos and then that subject is done for the day.

Benefit Thirteen: RPC does not force students to do hours and hours of schoolwork everyday.  The maximum time a student can do school using RPC is 6 hours.  Of course they can do more if they wish to.

Benefit Fourteen: there is no age limit to the classes.  Unlike Public and Private schools, grades are not based on age but on the student’s knowledge.

Benefit Fifteen: everything is home-based.  There are no bullies or social drama other than the ones at home (aka siblings).

Business 9, Lesson 115 – Five More Reasons Why You Should Join RPC

For the past few weeks I have been learning about how to write compelling advertisements, and this week Dr. North used the Ron Paul Curriculum’s advertisements as real life examples.  One of the things I looked at was the 26 Reasons to Adopt the Ron Paul Curriculum Today (Not Next Term) . . . and 4 Reasons Not To article (https://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/3346.cfm).  In today’s essay, I am going to be adding five reasons to join the Ron Paul Curriculum coming from a student who has been doing this curriculum since 5th Grade.

Reason #1: you can go at your own pace.  I have said this once, and I will say it again, home schooling is amazing because you can go at your own pace and follow your own schedule.  This is especially true for the Ron Paul Curriculum.  The schedule that each subject follows is four lessons of new material and one lesson of review (usually on Fridays).  But this can be customizable.  There are no hard deadlines except the ones that you set for yourself.  In my case, I started 5th Grade with the Ron Paul Curriculum three years ago and now I am more than halfway through 9th Grade.

Reason #2: saves time.  On the note of going at your own pace and setting your schedule, the Ron Paul Curriculum believes that students should not spend more than six hours in school per day (unlike the eight hour school days other children are subjected to).  The curriculum is designed in such a way that it is nearly impossible for a child to spend more than six hours if they do not want to.

Reason #3: life skills.  Many high schoolers say that majority of what they learned cannot be used in real life.  But the Ron Paul Curriculum offers many courses that will actually help the students in real life.  For example, 9th grade has the Public Speaking course, teaching students how to write and deliver speeches.  There are also two business courses teaching students about how to run a small business and how to advertise.  I was learning how to file taxes in America when I was in the 8th Grade!  Many students who have graduated high school cannot say the same.  These are real life skills that a person will need and use in real life.

Reason #4: blogging skills.  The Ron Paul Curriculum highly recommends each student have a blog.  It allows others to read the essays and get inspiration. It allows the author of the essay to get feedback, and it teaches the student blogging skills.  I have noticed that many RPC students have started their own personal blogs about their interests or hobbies.  Blogging skills are useful to have if the student ever wants to start a small business and needs a way to advertise it.

Reason #5: good note-taking skills.  All lessons in the Ron Paul Curriculum are pre-recorded videos, and usually require students to take notes which can be applied to essays at the end of the week.  This teaches students good note-taking skills, which is useful if the student wishes to go to college or in real life if they get an office job.

As you can see, the Ron Paul Curriculum teaches real life skills and makes education fun and easy.  I have no doubt that the skills I am learning today in this curriculum are ones that I will need and use in the future when I am an adult.

Business 9, Lesson 110 – Which of These Advertisements Conform to Joyner’s Standards of an Irresistible Offer?

For the past week I have been reading The Irresistible Offer by Mark Joyner.  In the book he talks about how to create an Irresistible Offer and how to sell it.  To create this special offer, the advertisement needs to answer four questions. What are you trying to sell me?  What will it cost me?  What’s in it for me?  Why should I trust you?  In this essay, I am going to be evaluating advertisements, given to me by Dr. North, and determine if they fit Joyner’s standards for an “Irresistible Offer.”

M&M Advertisement

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The M&M advertisement only answered two of the four questions Joyner requires for is Irresistible Offer.  What are you trying to sell me and what’s in it for me?  They are trying to sell you chocolate candy that supposedly does not melt in your hand when you hold it.  The catch phrase was nice and the animation was obviously placed there to appeal to young children, but as a customer of M&M for over 10 years, I can tell you that these chocolates do melt in your hand and gets all over your white clothing (I am speaking from experience).

Radio Shack TRS-80 Computer

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The Radio Shack advertisement answered all four questions asked, and in my opinion, meets Joyner’s standards for an Irresistible Offer.  The advertisement showed what they were selling and showed the price of the computer twice.  It listed all of the benefits and at the end mentioned that they were one of the biggest names for computers, implying that they are trustworthy since no company can become big if their products are shoddy.

Commodore

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The Commodore advertisement answered three out of four questions, which I think is pretty good.  They showed what they were trying to sell and listed the price.  They also mentioned how the Commodore is convenient and can do the same thing as the office computer.

American Express

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The American Express advertisement only answered one question, which is the “what are you trying to sell to me?”  The video was entertaining, and it caught my attention, making it possible for me to stay to the very end where they mention what they are selling.  But the advertisement does not mention how to get the item and does not list or show any proof of benefits.

Conclusion

Only two of these advertisements met Joyner’s standards.  I will say, the advertisements were fun and entertaining to watch, but only one gave buyers a sense of trust.  For me, when I see advertisements on TV or on YouTube, I always want to find some sort of reassurance that this product is worth my money.  If I saw these advertisements on the TV, I would only be tempted to buy the computer and M&Ms (but only because it is chocolate, not because of the advertisement).

Business 9, Lesson 105 – My Ad

This week in Business, I have been learning about the different parts of ads and how to write them.  In this essay, I am going to write a pretend ad for two novels I plan on selling, and explain my logic for it.

The logic for my ad is quite simple.  Besides listing the price, I also showed a picture of the product to show customers that the books are in good condition.  I also included the books’ descriptions, the author, how many books I am selling, their conditions, the genre and appropriate age group, and their original prices.  I thought that if people knew the original prices, they would know that I am offering them a good deal.  For my ad, I was following the format of book ads I have seen on different online shopping platforms like Shopee and Lazada (primarily Asian platforms).

As you can see, I added all of the necessary details to the ad.  I have never written an ad before, and I am not sure if this will sell well, but I think I did a good job of attempting to write one.

My Ad:

Selling Keeper of The Lost Cities books #8 and #8.5.  Book #8 is hard back.  Book #8.5 is paperback.

Description of Book #8 (from fandom.com):  ‘Illusions shatter—and Sophie and her friends face impossible choices—in this astonishing eighth book in the New York Times and the USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery.

Description of Book #8.5: A guide to the world of elves with recipes of the famous desserts as well as information about Firefox, the Council members, and Black Swan and Neverseen members.  A short novella that takes place after book #8 is at the end.  

Author: Shannon Messenger

Books: 2

Condition: lightly used

My Selling Price: $10 per book

Original price: $20 for each book

Type of Book: Young Adult fiction. Suitable for ages 10+

Business 9, Lesson 100 – Redistribution of Income

This week in my 9th Grade Business course I have been learning about the redistribution of income and the ‘morals of economics.’  After going through all the lessons, I will say that my view on redistribution of income has changed.  In this essay, I am going to explain why my opinion changed using the example of grading.

Before this week I did not see anything wrong with redistributing someone’s income.  In my mind, I saw it as the people of a country or state helping those that are less fortunate.  But after this week’s lessons I now see that redistribution of income is not the best solution to help those in poverty.  The example that made me realize this is the grading system.

Imagine, you are in school with others around you.  A test is coming up and you start to study.  Your friend, Mark, does not want to study but wants a good grade.  You advise him to stop being lazy and to start studying, but he does not listen to you.  Mark goes up to your professor and asks for a new grading system.  Your professor tells Mark that he will think about it and dismisses Mark.  On the day of the exam your professor announces that those who get a higher grade will have to give 25% of their grade to those who got lower grades.

This example is exactly like the redistribution of income system.  Those that are poorer (have lower grades) are given things that they did not work for by those who worked hard to earn money (or grades).

If this grading system was used in schools this would discourage students from studying for two reasons.  One, if the student did not study they would still get a decent grade from others without having to do anything.  Two, those that do study do not get to keep all the benefits they should earn.  Those that studied would also feel cheated and most likely stop trying to earn good grades when they know they will not be able to keep them.

I am not saying that I am against helping those in poverty.  But I feel that I should be able to do it of my own free-will instead of being told to do it by the government.

Business 9, Lesson 95 – Where I Want to be in 20 Years

Growing up, almost every child has an idea of what they want to be, do, or become.  Obviously, as the person gets older their dream/idea of what their future looks will change.  As young children , we have wild and maybe unrealistic, ideas of our future, but when we become teenagers and the prospect of high-school and college come up, we start taking our futures seriously.  In this essay, I am going to talk about where I see myself in 20 years.

In 20 years, I will be 33 years old.  It is hard to realistically write about the future, especially 20 years from now.  But I will try my best.  One thing that I know for sure is that I want to be an actress, onstage and in front of a camera.  I have been pursing acting since I was very young.  

In 20 years, I am an established actress with a few movies and musical theatre productions under my belt.  I also want to be married with a child (or two), and be a stay-at-home Mom who writes songs and novels on the side. I want to continue writing for the rest of my life.

Honestly, it feels weird to think of myself as an adult (a little scary too).  This essay was a little exciting to write as the future is full of opportunities.  I will not lie; thinking about life after high-school and college is exciting. There are so many possibilities out there. Thankfully, I have plenty of time to work towards my dreams.

Thanks for reading!

Business 9, Lesson 90 – The Ideal Apprenticeship, and Why

Earlier in the 9th Grade Business course, Dr North mentioned getting an apprenticeship during the last few years of high school.  In this essay, I am going to talk about the ideal apprenticeship for me and why.

With my school, my parents and I planned it in such a way where I finish high school at 16 years old, giving me a two year gap between high school and college.  I had originally planned to get an internship at a production company.  But now, I am leaning towards the idea of focusing on my acting in those two years.

But, if I change my mind (again), and decide to get an internship/apprenticeship, I would want it to be based around acting or teaching acting (as an assistant).  In my mind, the internship would be ideal if it was not too far away from where I live, and is something that I like and want to do.  It would be a huge bonus if I had co-workers who were around my age and have the same interests as me.

As you can see, I am not too interested in getting an internship anymore.  I would rather spend my gap years auditioning for acting roles (movie or onstage), learning the Quran (Islam’s holy book), and writing my novels.  I would also like to have enough time to enjoy my last few years as a teenager before I go off to college with legal adults who are supposed to be mature and ‘grown-up like.’

Business 9, Lesson 85 – How I Will Implement a Chapter of Dale Carnegie’s Book

After four weeks of reading, I have finally finished How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie!  The book was very entertaining and educational.  I loved the examples he gave to show how each lesson would work in real life situations.  In this essay, I am going to talk about how I plan to apply one of these chapters to my life.

In my last essay, I talked about the most difficult lesson in the book: “if you are wrong admit it quickly and emphatically.”  I think that this principle is one that I want (and need) to implement in the future.  My plan to start implementing this lesson sound quite simple.  I plan to suck up my pride and apologize when I do something wrong.  For me, this is the definition of easier said than done.  This will be quite difficult at first, but it is not impossible.

I also plan to implement a lesson from part two, chapter three:  “calling a person by their name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”   I totally agree with this.   My plan to implement this tactic is to write down their name in my notes or to get their number and add them to my contacts. 

As you can see, I have quite solid and easy sounding plans for how I want to apply these tactics to my life.  I will admit that the first lesson may not be very easy to do, but I am determined to carry out my plan.

Business 9, Lesson 80 – The Most Difficult Technique in Carnegie’s Book So Far

For the past three weeks I have been reading How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  At the end of every chapter Carnegie would give a ‘principle.’  In this essay I am going to talk about which principle is going to be the most difficult for me to use.

If I am being honest, most of the principles that I have read about are already things that I know and do.  But there is one principle that I know will be the hardest for me to use.  It is from Part Three, Chapter Three: “if you are wrong admit it quickly and emphatically.” 

I do not know about others, but I find it quite hard to admit it when I am wrong (I will attribute this to my pride).  Even when I am wrong, and I know it, I still have a hard time admitting that I was wrong.  If I have to admit it willingly and emphatically, that may be a challenge.  But if I suck up my pride and admit my mistakes it will help me in the future.  The examples Carnegie gave in this chapter proves it.

In this first few pages Carnegie told us a story about him and his dog.  He had a park that he liked to take his dog to, and one day a police officer came up to them and asked why the dog did not have a muzzle and a leash.  Carnegie said that he had forgotten it at home.  The policeman let him off, but warned Carnegie there would be consequences if he caught them again.  Carnegie used the muzzle and leash a few times afterwards, but eventually stopped.  One day, the same policeman caught them without a muzzle and a leash.  Instead of letting him come over and reprimand him, Carnegie went up to him and started to apologize profusely.  The policeman took pity on him and let Carnegie off, this time with no warning.

As you can see, when you start apologizing before the other person gets mad you may get them on your side and they will let you off the hook.  Carnegie says that people like to feel important, if they feel they helped you and did a good thing, they will feel good about themselves and treat you less harshly. 

Maybe I should start trying to use this principle on my Mom when I get in trouble.