Knowledge is power and, as the Federal government continues in its best efforts to strip any power or personal liberties enjoyed by individual citizens, it is more important than ever to know your rights as an American, why you have them and what they mean.
Hillsdale College, the institution of higher education located in Michigan that has been a historic champion of liberty, is offering a public online class to teach interested Americans about the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Whether you’re a Constitution expert or just familiar enough with the basic principles of the document to know you have rights, this 10-week course will be a learning experience. And the best part, it is free; the college does, however, ask that you provide a small optional donation.
Signing up for the course will give you access to 10 pre-recorded lectures that last about 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday, beginning Feb. 20. Along with the lectures, students will have access to the same readings, study guides and quizzes that are used to teach the Constitution class on the college’s campus. Once released, the materials are available to view at your convenience.
Hillsdale has offered similar Constitution-related courses to the public before. The college doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to liberty; it walks the walk. After being told by the Federal government in 1975 that it must document that it would comply with certain admissions mandates to inhibit discrimination, the college protested that it had never discriminated against anyone and had never accepted Federal taxpayer subsidies of any sort. For those reasons the college did not comply. In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that colleges accepting student Federal aid or loans were indeed direct recipients of Federal funding. The school, fearing more Federal meddling, stopped accepting those forms of tuition assistance. In 2007, Hillsdale decided to no longer accept State of Michigan taxpayer subsidies earmarked for student financial aid, thereby making the college completely independent of taxpayer support.
If you are interested in taking Constitution 101 at Hillsdale, sign up here.