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Head ‘back to school’ with some free online courses

By From page B5 | December 07, 2013

Most of us really don’t know what America is supposed to be about.

We are too far removed from the ideas of  America’s Founding Fathers. Most folks have been conditioned to believe we are a Democracy instead of a Republic; and  really don’t  know the difference.

Are you confused and want to know why America was created?  Would you like to know what the original intent of the Founders was? You now have a chance to find out  from an expert source. You can learn in the comfort of your own easy chair.

How can that be, you ask?

It’s a gift from Hillsdale College. Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College has a reputation for being one of the top independent colleges in the world. It is not influenced by any political fad or government edict. I believe you are more likely find truth there instead of political correctness – uncontaminated information.

Hillsdale  has never accepted money from the federal government or any state government. It does not have to “comply” to retain government funding. It is truly independent. It currently offers five free online courses; two on our American heritage, two on  America’s Constitution and one on the free market economy.

You can take more than one course at the same time. I don’t think that’s a bad idea. If you take Constitution 101 and Economics 101, you will be able to relate    the organization of our government to a citizen’s opportunity to succeed in a Free Market Economy.

All course materials are available online at no cost. You can start on any of these noncredit courses at any time and study at your own pace. They cost nothing and provide information most of us have always wanted to know.

If you are like me you never could find a convenient way to block out the time to “go to school” then nothing could be more convenient than this. And, you cannot fail. You learn what you want to learn and can repeat parts if you wish.Because there is no credit you don’t have to pass a test unless you want to.

Did I say that you can start anytime; no schedule. All the classes except Economics 101 are “archived” so they are always available. If you miss a lecture,  do it later.

I am going to take the online courses .

I  have  other experience with Hillsdale. For years I have been getting their publication called Imprimis, which  features articles by renowned  authorities on  subjects of current interest. I have never been disappointed. Imprimis is also free. You can subscribe at the Hillsdale College website, www.hillsdale.edu.

In a way, the Hillsdale free online courses are related to the citizenship program of the nonprofit I head, Tools of Learning for Children. We provide personal   pocket-size copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to about 10,000 students each year.

If you think it would be helpful to have your own personal copy, let me know and I will send it to you.

I hope many of you take advantage of the Hillsdale offer. It is a opportuity to discover the America that the Founders intended America to be.

Let me know what you think,

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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  • Big DaddyDecember 07, 2013 - 2:28 am

    If you cut and paste the email address to Hillsdale college in the article, remember to take out the second period or it will not work.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 07, 2013 - 6:23 am

    Good Lord, Murray, does your entire life revolve around brain washing people with right wing propaganda? Aren't there any colleges that offer online courses without a conservative bias?

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  • The MisterDecember 07, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    Do you know Adam Henry?

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  • Murray BassDecember 12, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Good fruef Nike. Whatis it that you find offensive about the constitution or economics? It is true that he Founding Fathers had a patriotic conservative bias. Wouldn't hurt for you to taake the courses. Better tha speaking from ignorance. Good grief Mike. this is America. Good Grief!!

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  • CD BrooksDecember 08, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Mr. Bass is again selling education and that is great, love learning and pushing students to excel. But I find it rather humorous that this college he's promoting wants to make known their Conservative views so badly, they give them away...free! Must be good stuff Murray! ;)

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 12, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Wow. All the libs must be out of town tonight. That would be ok, but it just leaves me and Murray, who apparently has hired Edward Scissor-Hands as his typist. Bummed!

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  • The SugarJarDecember 12, 2013 - 8:16 pm

    @Mr. Smith, Mr. Bass does not see well.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 12, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    TSJ: Thanks for the info. My apologies, Murray.

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