When is Independence Day? July 4th, of course! Just about anyone in this country knows that. Go ask ten people when Constitution Day is and you will likely get blank stares and no answers. July 4th has been drilled into our heads as the most important date in our country’s history. It’s true! Independence Day is important in the history of our country, as each country’s Independence Day is important for their citizens.
September 17th is an important day in our country's history, too. Our constitution was signed and ratified on September 17th, 1787. It was the beginning of our national experiment, our representative republic, our unique form of government. I have read the constitution and I understand a lot of it, but I must confess that I have a lot to learn still. The constitution was only touched on in my high school names-and-dates American History class. My college instructor for American History was quite liberal, as was I at that point in my life. So her version of the constitution worked for me. Once I began homeschooling many years later, I ‘relearned’ American History as I taught it to my daughters. And what an education it was for me! I have graduated my daughters from our homeschool, but I am a lifelong learner now, so I still read and study all kind of things.
Hillsdale College, an independent liberal arts college in , is hosting a Constitution Day Celebration. It will be simulcast on the internet. And beginning next week, they are presenting their course, “Introduction to the Constitution” via the internet. This is a 5-week course...and it’s free! For more information, go to: https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/ Michigan
I have seen this course offered before, but the timing wasn’t right for me to commit to it. The timing is good now, so I will be taking it. Maybe the timing is good for you, too.