Santorum’s ignorant statements prove college does not ‘indoctrinate’ students

Editoral, Chattanooga, TN–“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college… There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate him,” former presidential candidate Rick Santorum was quoted as saying last February, according to the New York Times.

Now, Santorum is again blaming colleges and higher education for “a sea of antagonism against Christianity” and a rise in support for gay marriage, abortion and pornography.

Criticizing furthering education by assuming it “indoctrinates” people into a mindset against what Santorum himself believes is a preposterous enough statement on its own, but when taking into account that a portion of our country once considered electing such a man into the highest office there is, it becomes that much more tragic.

As a country watched by the rest of the world, we should be a huge proponent of higher education and inclusion. The idea that a person whom this country allows to have a political platform could use it to perpetuate such misinformation and make statements such as “If you go out to our schools and particularly our colleges and universities, they are indoctrinated in a sea of relativism and a sea of antagonism towards Christianity,” about education is saddening.

In the event that anyone actually believes the nonsense Santorum is continually allowed to spew for attention from every media outlet, the Times did a study in 2008 which disproved the theory that going to college makes a student more liberal.

In fact, the study highlights that 18 to 24-year-olds, regardless of whether or not they attend college, shift slightly to the left as they get older. Santorum, who has always been known as staunchly against abortion and gay marriage, received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.

Clearly, he is proof that college is what you make of it, and regardless of personal feelings on the actual social and political issues themselves, his blatant ignorance to the idea that furthering education should be encouraged is appalling.

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