Santorum Targets Higher Education

 GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum seems to be making a career out of making ridiculous statements and slamming President Obama.  I’m sure an entire blog of some length could be dedicated to the silly things he says, but one of the most eye-catching to me was his slamming of higher education, tied to his criticism of the president.  Santorum argues that Obama supports higher education because of it’s “liberal” indoctrination.  He also labeled the president as a “snob.”

I find it interesting that Santorum is targeting higher education when he “attended Pennsylvania State University, a public college, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, another public university, and obtained an MBA. He then returned to Penn State to attend the Dickinson School of Law. In other words, Santorum attended schools he categorizes as “indoctrination mills.” And because of those schools and their “liberal ways,” Santorum received a top flight education, which he has unfortunately squandered by becoming an ignorant politician” (Stephen D. Foster Jr., Addicting Info).

Education has always been understood to provide the best possible chances for a bright future in the professional world as well as in a personal sense.  It has been shown in various studies that students enter and leave universities with virtually identical political persuasions and views.  Few change, despite what’s commonly thought.

But Santorum appears to be criticizing higher education on the fact that many students who enter the higher education system with some form of faith commitment abandon it.  According to Stephen Foster Jr., there is no evidence for this claim, but this has actually been my personal experience.

I was already straying from my non-denominational Christian faith when I entered a community college near my home.  The books I was reading and conversations I was having caused me to take a long, honest look at my beliefs, which I think is an excellent thing.  That’s what an education is supposed to do.  The fact that many students supposedly abandon their religious beliefs seems to say more about the questionable nature of those beliefs than the educational system.

Personally, I want a country entirely made up of college graduates.  The more people in the world with quality education, the better.

Check out the AddictingInfo article HERE.

 

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