Message for Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College
As I was walked across campus the other day and saw Hillsdale students—including some of my own students—walk to and from class, I was struck by a sudden thought: no one is forcing these kids to attend class. They choose to attend freely, despite the myriad of other things they could be doing instead.
This called to mind the relationship between education and freedom—one we take quite seriously here at Hillsdale. We believe that a government for and by the people requires an education for and by the people. Hillsdale has four purposes that you’ll often hear me refer to: freedom, high learning, character, and faith.
These foundational purposes underly everything we do at Hillsdale, therefore their impact reaches far beyond our classrooms.
Though our endeavors to educate America on the underlying principles of liberty began on campus, we realized that there were many adults nationwide who needed to learn from Hillsdale. So we began offering Imprimis, our monthly digest of liberty, to anyone who requested it. It currently has a circulation of 3.6 million subscribers.
In recent years, we realized we could reach even more people through the internet—so we started offering online courses, free of charge, to anyone who is interested in topics such as politics, history, economics, literature, or theology. We currently offer 18 courses on a variety of topics—from Constitution 101 to Athens and Sparta—and that catalog of courses is growing each year.
But our nationwide educational outreach doesn’t stop there. Realizing that the formation of character begins much earlier than college, we launched a new venture to help found K-12 public charter schools. Known as the Barney Charter School Initiative, Hillsdale is helping found and support dozens of classical charter schools that focus on essential skills and knowledge, employ traditional teaching methods, and understand the importance of history and civics.
The relationship between a proper education and self-government—therefore true freedom—is tightly linked. You simply cannot have one without the other. And Hillsdale is one of the only institutions left with the mission and the ability—with your help—to accomplish this ambitious undertaking.
Will you support Hillsdale’s work to save America by educating K-12 students, college students, and ciitzens nationwide? Your donation will be used to promote and advance all the exciting initiatives I’ve mentioned and help us revive and restore the founding principles that made America great.
Please give a gift to Hillsdale College today: secure.hillsdale.edu.
Thank you for your support.
Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College