There are a couple things I usually try not to do on my blog. One is: state the obvious. A big news story about something (stupid / dangerous / terrible) comes out, and every writer everywhere has to do an entry about how, Yes, it really is (stupid / dangerous / terrible). Waste of time.
I also try not to give attention to fringe people with only niche influence. While Rick Santorum is certainly a fairly major candidate for the GOP nomination, he's too extreme -- whether you like his stances or not -- to get elected. He's a news byte and unlikely to be more, though I guess stranger things have happened.
I'm making an exception. Not that I have read all the response to his comments about education, so it's likely that I have nothing new to say about it, but...
Never mind his diss of educated liberals -- why aren't conservative Christians themselves outraged and insulted by his sneer at education??
For a man who has earned three degrees in three major universities to tell the rest of us that higher education is screwing up peoples' minds and values, is both absurd and one of the most noxious examples of "I deserve it; you and your children are too stupid to use it properly."
Because that is exactly what he's saying. His complaint that increasing opportunites for higher education makes "snobs" and Obama clones is insulting to conservatives as well as to liberals.
He -- with his 3 degrees -- would claim that post-secondary learning is a tremendous danger because the kid, who's over 18, and you, as a parent, aren't quite up to the task of navigating a place like Penn State and coming out with your values intact.
He managed to, but I guess he's much smarter than you are, which is why he thinks you not only will fail to use critical judgment in what you read and hear, but that your/your child's access to a lot of careers, like computers and business and medical technology, is best limited, to keep you from finding out that some professor doesn't believe in God.
He also thinks that you're so stupid that you can't find educational institutions aside from them Godless places.
Never mind that the list of accredited colleges is huge. Has the Rickster even looked at the size of any college guide??
|1739 pages. Six pounds.|
Never mind that this hefty volume includes loads of conservative and / or parochial colleges that also offer valuable programs.
And never mind that "college education" is a term that envelops a big spectrum of programs, from advanced esoteric subjects to career education certification at tech college level. Public 2-year colleges need most of their time for teaching things that get you jobs, and don't have a lot left over for advancing the atheist agenda, and are a lynchpin of the opportunity that putting education in reach is all about.
I'm not bothering with arguments as to whether there are major universities pushing a liberal agenda, because it doesn't matter how much or how little truth there is to that. Let's grant it, just for argument's sake.
Alternatives to such institutions abound, from smaller schools, to faith-based schools of all sizes, to 2-year colleges that are letting hardworking and highly motivated people gain careers and be part of the dream.
Perhaps he would find comfort in discovering that liberals and Democrats will not select your college for you.
From the National Center for Education Statistics comes an important thing to ponder:
From 1998–99 to 2008–09, the number of associate's degrees earned by Hispanics more than doubled (increasing by 101 percent), and the number earned by Black students increased by 77 percent, while the number earned by White students increased by 28 percent.These are people who want a life for their families and the chance to make a difference in the community. People whose parents work long hours and collect aluminum cans by the roadside to build tuition money and a better life for their kids. But even with multiple jobs, tuition is getting beyond the reach of the many of the best, most valuable people who could contribute vastly more to this country with developed skills.
If he thinks that faith depends on keeping education levels low, what Christian wouldn't find that insulting in the extreme?
Elitism? He patronizes people of faith this way, and has the gall to complain about elitism?
Every Christian conservative who has a college education, or wants one for their kid, who has spent 18 years teaching that child values, who thinks he or his child, or both, is bright enough to make choices, should be up in arms about this attack on their ability to think and discern.