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School is in session: New videos in free enterprise course

August 28, 2023

Just in time for back-to-school, Northwood University has posted two new lessons in a free online course about freedom and free-market economics.

“We thrive as a society through voluntary cooperation to create value through servings others’ needs, which in turn advances prosperity and provides funding for schools, charities and government services,” stated Dr. Dale Matcheck, Northwood Economics chair. “What makes this possible is free enterprise.”

The online course, Philosophy of Free Enterprise, includes a series of complimentary lessons for anyone interested in free-market economics and The Northwood Idea, which is Northwood University’s guiding philosophy.

“In addition to individual freedom and personal responsibility, The Northwood Idea endorses the ‘Golden Rule,’ requiring each of us to treat others as we would like to be treated. It encourages personal choices that drive progress through courage, self-discipline, hard work and thrift,” explained Matcheck, who also serves as the David E. Fry Endowed Professor in Free Market Economics at Northwood University.

The newest videos are intended to appeal to viewers from all education levels and backgrounds, Matcheck explained. Taught by Dr. Glenn Moots, Northwood’s Political Science and Philosophy chair, the lessons incorporate humor and are told in a way that you don’t need a college degree to understand.

“These free lessons are for anyone who wants to defend liberty and limited government,” Moots noted.

The two new lessons include Make a Law, Light a Match and Rights from the Start. Other lessons in the course include A Brief History of Progress; Innovation & Innovism; Vocation of Business; Constitution, Rules and Games; and Entrepreneurism, and Prices, Knowledge, & Incentives.

Northwood will release additional modules with various lessons throughout the year. Upon completing the course, learners can test their knowledge and earn certificates from Northwood University.

The principal donors behind this effort are Donald S. Gottwald, a 1988 alumnus, and his wife, Pamela. The effort also was aided by a generous gift from the Thomas F. and Harriet S. Oakley Family Trust.

Donors who value liberty, the American free-enterprise system, and creating leaders who drive economic and social progress may consider a gift to Northwood University. Visit our giving page ( or contact Northwood’s advancement office at (989) 837-4356.

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