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Does Rick Santorum's Higher Education 'Snob' Comment Make You Cringe?

Posted by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 4:26 AM
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Rick Santorum's Higher Education 'Snob' Comment Should Make America Cringe

Posted by Maressa Brown on February 28, 2012

rick santorumI -- along with the majority of Americans (hopefully) -- keep wondering when Rick Santorum will make such a fool of himself that his supporters will fiiiiiinally see that the wannabe-emperor wears no clothes. It could have been when we heard that he considers birth control "dangerous" and thinks sex should only occur within a marriage to procreate. But it wasn't. This past weekend, the guy dissed higher education ... Could that have been the final straw?

One would think/hope so! In case you missed it, Santorum was speaking to more than a thousand activists at the American for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan. He said, "Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” Words that, while widely lampooned since Saturday, Santorum said he still stands by. Ooookay.

He's still convinced that colleges are "indoctrination mills" and are somehow brainwashing kids to become leftist "big government"-loving drones. Rrrright. Because placing a premium on education is such an elitist concept. Not like it might be the key to actually qualifying young people for a variety of career tracks and helping boost employment numbers or anything like that!

And to make it seem as though President Obama doesn't understand or respect that not everyone is meant to attend a "traditional," four-year liberal arts college or university is ludicrous. Clarifying his stance yesterday, Obama told the National Governors Association:

I'm not only talking about four-year degrees. I’m also talking about going to community college to get a degree for a manufacturing job where you have to walk through the door to handle a million-dollar piece of equipment.

While clarification is helpful to those who might have been confused by Santorum's twisting of the President's values, it's also just plain sad that Obama has to waste his time reiterating something like this. It should go without saying that higher education in all its forms is a priority to Americans. Especially when you look at countries like China and India that are beating us -- whether or not we (or especially the GOP) like to hear that, it's the truth -- in the global economy, because they emphasize lifelong learning.

The bottom-line is this: Santorum's extreme stances on copious issues -- from sexuality to education -- defy logic and just boggle the mind. But maybe he's onto at least one thing: Getting Americans to "dumb it down" might be the only way for a guy like this to get elected!

Here's Jon Stewart's brilliant riff on the whole thing at around 4:57 ...

http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/133687/rick_santorums_higher_education_snob

Can you believe this guy?

by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 4:26 AM
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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Feb. 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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I probably would cringe, if I could stop laughing at that idiot long enough to!
mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Ugh! LOL

mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 29, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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I feel like this comment was supposed to be Sanatorum, getting down on the 'little people's' level and also, grossly twisting Obama's message. I resent that Sanatorum wants to work his way into any of our non degreed hearts by acting like college is something only a snob would want. Heck, you can't even work in child care centers without a degree here.

Okay, I'm done.

wanderingwolf
by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Mem82-yeah same with Toledo, OH and Columbus, OH. You can't work in a daycare center without an associate degree at least. Heck when I was getting ready to do my 300 hours field experience for Penn Foster College (which is why I had to quit) nobody would hire me much less get back to me.  Nobody here is taking college kids for field experience/student teaching.  Don't know how I'll do my student teaching for Hocking College if I can't do it in the daycare center on campus.

bren_darlene
by Bronze Member on Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/homeschooling/

http://www.covenantnews.com/ronpaul070727.htm

this guy is the real deal and believes that the parents can give the best education. 

oredeb
by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

 well i dont think colleges are such great places either! and i dont think everyone should have to go, 

Saraho5
by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I'm not taking sides either way...
I just think he feels strongly about his views/convictions & voices them.
Whether one agrees with them or not, is another story :)


Go Ron Paul! hehe
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bren_darlene
by Bronze Member on Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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I agree.  We personally do not encourage college.  We only had one child attend college and she is not using it. lol  She is a stay at home, home educating mom.  And it hasn't hindered my children in the least. Actually they would have missed great opportunities if they HAD been in college.   But that is strictly up to each individual and their family.

Quoting oredeb:

 well i dont think colleges are such great places either! and i dont think everyone should have to go, 


 I am a stay at home,  home educating, non-vaxingmother to many children :)  And a very happy wife to a wonderful man!!!

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Quoting oredeb:

 well i dont think colleges are such great places either! and i dont think everyone should have to go, 




It was never about that people should HAVE to go, it's that everyone should have the OPPORTUNITY to go.
lucsch
by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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I expect that all my children will go to college. However, I do think that many colleges are teaching philosophies that are counter to our religious beliefs. Sometimes it is a good thing to be questioned--it can make you stretch and find a depth to your faith that was not there before.

Also, it is a fact that we do need people to learn TRADES, which are great careers. If everyone went to college, who would we call when we needed a plumber, for example?

So, college for 100% does not make sense--at all. Not everyone has the intelligence to go to college. Goodness knows, we don't need our colleges dumbed down, as our public schools have been.


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