Entries in Higher Education (2)


Rick Santorum: ‘A Lot’ of People in US Have No Desire for College

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said on Sunday’s This Week that “a lot” of Americans have no desire to go to college and defended previous comments he made calling President Obama a “snob” for encouraging more Americans to seek higher education.

“There are a lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college, because they have a different set of skills and desires and dreams that don’t include college,” Santorum said.

Santorum also commented on recent remarks he made to Glenn Beck about colleges, calling them “indoctrination mills.” He defended those comments.

“I mean, you look at the colleges and universities,” he began. “This is not something that’s new for most Americans, is how liberal our colleges and universities are and how many children in fact are—look, I’ve gone through it. I went through it at Penn State. You talk to most kids who go to college who are conservatives, and you are singled out, you are ridiculed, you are—I can tell you personally, I know that, you know, we—I went through a process where I was docked for my conservative views. ”

Santorum said he was not discouraging college education, but rather citing a major problem in many American colleges and universities.

“We have some real problems at our college campuses with political correctness, with an ideology that is forced upon people who, you know, who may not agree with the politically correct left doctrine,” he said.

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Rick Santorum’s Hypocrisy On Higher Education?

AFP/Getty Images(TROY, Mich.) -- At a campaign event in a Detroit suburb on Saturday, Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for wanting all Americans to go to college.

But according to an archived page of Santorum’s 2006 Senate campaign website, Santorum said he was “committed to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education.”

It’s also unclear exactly what comments of Obama’s Santorum was referring to.

Obama has said that “higher education cannot be a luxury; it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.” And according to the White House, the president wants “every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.”

ABC reached out to the Santorum campaign for clarification.

At an Americans For Prosperity forum in Troy on Saturday, Santorum made the pitch that he is the best candidate for working-class Americans and noted the importance of reviving the country’s manufacturing sector, as he often does.

He began his “snob” riff by saying: “Not all folks are gifted in the same way.”

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob!” Santorum said to loud applause. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor.”

Santorum said Obama doesn’t just want Americans to go to college, “he wants to remake you into his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image not his.”

Saturday was also not the first time Santorum accused the president of “snobbery” on the issue of higher education. He did so as far back as January.

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