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Dreams often rise out of ashes. That is the history of Ronald E. Johnson. He grew up in a dysfunctional family in the oil field and refinery area of Texas. Childhood memories include episodes in which his violent and angry father often beat Ronald's mother and brother. "I love you" were not part of his father's vocabulary. Childhood diseases and poor nutrition framed Ronald into an underweight and melancholy boy, who by puberty wore thick eye glasses and weighed only 96 pounds. He was the target of bullies who tormented and teased Ronald. Still, he participated in football, track, and drama. During his senior year, he struggled with academics while living with three different families as a result of his parent's separation. But divine intervention played a role through a history teacher who took an interest in Ronald and nurtured a thirst for knowledge. He graduated in the lower third of his high school class, but was selected by the school faculty as "The boy most likely to succeed." Being homeless after graduation, Ronald joined the US Air Force. During boot camp, Ronald's mother was murdered by Ronald's father, who then killed himself. The emotional effect on Ronald was traumatic.
Life became a series of bull riding, boxing, motorcycles and "night spots" with his older brother, who was also in the Air Force. During a part time job for a college professor, Ronald was challenged to enter college. He did, but had to take "Bonehead English" without college credit. During the first two years of college, Ronald earned Cs, Ds and a few Bs. His counselor advised Ronald to buy a dump truck and start his own dirt-hauling business. That suggestion challenged Ronald to do something with his life. He worked his way through college as a clerk in a citrus packing plant and in a gun store, while living on horsemeat and scrap vegetables from a food market. He also earned college expenses by working as an Arizona forest ranger.
A preacher challenged Ronald to turn his life over to God to fill in the missing pieces. He did. His lifestyle changed. His grades rose from Ds to As. He was accepted in the history honors program at The University of Arizona, where he graduated with three degrees: BA, M.Ed. and Ed. S. in school administration. He became a public school teacher and administrator, and was listed in Who's Who in Arizona Education. He was awarded a L.L.D. from Louisiana Baptist University, and earned a C.Ph.D. from the International Institute.
Dr. Johnson's career as a teacher and school administrator includes innovative, individualized learning techniques, articles, books, manuals, international recognition and awards. He was selected as a Ford Fellow, Educational Entrepreneur Hero, and served as Vice-President of Development of a large textbook publishing company for 21 years. He was invited twice by President Reagan to the White House to discuss the impact of private schools on American education. He traveled extensively throughout Central and South America and the Pacific Rim area where he conducted educational seminars for public and private school educators. Dr. Johnson and his wife, Nancy, started Paradigm Alternative Center in Dublin, Texas (a contract school) which was recognized in U.S.A. Today newspaper among the nation's top 58 effective programs for recovering at-risk teenagers. He is founder and president of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, which publishes textbooks designed with virtues and principles selected to compensate for the lack of training by absentee fathers. Paradigm textbooks enable underperforming and under-served students to complete high school courses as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed to earn transcript credit. Dr. Johnson founded four charter schools for father-challenged teenagers. He also conducts training for entrepreneurs who want to operate Learning Centers for recovering father-challenged and fatherless teenagers through programs located in shopping malls, churches, industrial sites, and public and private schools. Dr. Johnson has authored a dozen books on parenting and educational topics. He has served on textbook adoption panels in Arizona, Texas, and Utah. He served on the TAAS-to-TAKS transition team. His latest book's include Teaching Eagles To SoarGuidance and Counseling For A Fatherless Generation, published by Tate Publishers and a series of books on educational choice. He and his wife live on a small ranch in central Texas, from where they publish Paradigm Accelerated Curriculm and school choice materials.
The Center for Educational Reform (CER) listed Dr. Johnson among America's "Entrepreneur Action Heroes" in recognition of his achievements in educational reform. He was listed in Madison Who's Who. His articles have appeared in the prestigious Texas Study Magazine and numerous homeschool publications.
Dr. Johnson is available as a Conference Speaker on such topics as the following:
Accelerated Individualized Learning
Dad's Role in the Home Education
Rescuing at-risk teenagers
Working with single parents
Virtues and principles: Key components for effective citizenship
Six Principles of Learning
Parent and Student Responsibilities in an Individualized Learning System
Incentives and rewards to motivate students and reduce parental stress