Then I found Hillsdale College. Hillsdale is not your typical college. Established in 1844, it's “educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence. The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.” (How do you suppose they survive with that kind of an attitude?)
Hillsdale offers its core curriculum, required by every enrolled student, free and online. There are lectures, reading materials, discussion groups, and tests. Successful completion earns a noncredit certificate. In addition to economics, classes include: History 101 Western Heritage, History 201 American Heritage, Introduction to Constitution as well as Constitution 101 and 201. I wish that everyone would take advantage of these courses, but expect that those who need them most will avoid them like the plague. Take a look at this sample from the second session of Economics 101.
I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to cure the economy regardless of what I learn. However, I bet that we can if we get enough people involved, educating themselves, and participating more intelligently. Why don't we give it a try? At the very least, we won't fall victim to any more empty promises, nor will be have to abdicate our decision-making to those who pretend to be smarter than us. In fact, I wish that this class would be required for all who pretend to high office.