Would Santorum be the Uneducation President?

George W. Bush was often referred to as the Education President, and while many in the field of education have trouble with some of the things that became law during his Presidency, he did believe in education and tried to improve the lot of most Americans who just flat cannot afford private primary and secondary schools for their kids.

I had heard of Rick Santorum’s attack on education in the United States, but until I actually saw the video of his speech at the First Baptist Church in Naples, Florida on January 25, 2012, I really just flat could not believe he said the things it turned out he did in fact say.

Amazingly, he criticizes President Obama for encouraging higher education and then defends this statement.  Well, read these quotes and then go read about it elsewhere if you don’t believe me.  He said:

It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college.

 The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.

If they taught Judeo-Christian principles in those colleges and universities, they would be stripped of every dollar. [The sentence following of this line is cited later.]

I’ll bet you there are people in this room who give money to colleges and universities who are undermining the very principles of our country every single day by   indoctrinating kids with left-wing ideology. And you continue to give to these colleges and universities. Let me have a suggestion: Stop it.

Santorum is one of those anti-science people.  He honestly believes that Creation “Science” has equal weight with real Science.

I listened to a Catholic Bishop once debunk science in the Bible. The argument went something like this:

The Bible was written between roughly 1200 BCE and 250 CE. Science, as all except those who call creation “science,” science define the term, just flat,did not exist until more than a thousand years after the last book ok the Bible was penned.

To support his belief that if Universities taught Christianity,they would lose funding, Santorum said If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them. Because you know 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it.

I have looked and I cannot find the source for this.  If anyone does find it, please let me know.

The problem Santorum has with Universities is that they do not teach that the Bible is the inerrant word of God.  Well, public and well-respected private schools do not teach that.  There are many, such as Oral Roberts University right here in my home town that do teach this.

Santorum believes that the decline in belief in the inerrancy of the Bible has slipped since the glory days of the 1950’s and the primary cause for this is that kids at Universities are indoctrinated to disbelieve in anything other than the “liberal agenda,” whatever that is, which I think he and many others believe includes the elimination of all religion.

A news flash: there are liberal Christians. Probably more of that kind than the conservative, literalist, Bible-inerrant type.

But, Santorum is right on a couple of things. In 1976, a Gallup poll found that 38% of us believed that the Bible is the Actual Word of God to be taken literally, word for word. Now that percentage is 31%. And it is also true that the more education one has, the less likely one is to believe this way, as seen from the results of the 2005 to 2007 Gallup Polls.

It is no surprise that the population is becoming more educated.  The percentage with college degrees has increased 350% since 1960:

It is really not surprising that the more one learns, the more one questions what they have always known. This is how we as a people grow. If nothing knew were ever learned since the Bible was complete, we would still be using oil lamps for light, we would still measure distances in leagues (the distance a man can walk in an hour), and this computer on which I type would not exist.  (OK, yeah, I am sure there are many who wish it didn’t exist or that I did not have access to one.  To those, I say “Oh, well.”)

I have several friends who have graduated from seminaries who tell me that the learning at a good seminary will cause you to question your faith because you are exposed to too much that has been thought, believed and taught over time. (Yes, there are seminaries that avoid teaching variant theology, but I am not sure I would trust someone from them to be open.)

Santorum home schooled his kids and thereby controlled what they learned.  I wonder if he will make sure his kids avoid the liberal indoctrination camps he attended: the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. HIs beliefs are evidence enough that the “indoctrination” is not all-powerful.

Well, he may get his way.  The cost of a college education is just flat getting out-of-control ridiculous and will probably price itself out of reach of most Americans once again and we can return to the glory days of the 1940’s to 1960’s, when only the elite—less than 1 in 10—had a college degree. See the chart below relating the cost of a college education to a house.

This should make him happy. An uneducated electorate is one more able to be led by the nose.

Sources:

GALLUP NEWS SERVICE

Adults With College Degrees in the United States, by County (this is a really cool page)

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