Santorum should look in the mirror occasionally

He most recently accused the President of the United States of hubris and snobbery.

You might ask why he says this?

I found this quote from July of this year in which President Obama said:

“A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That’s why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child”

-President Barack Obama, July 18, 2011

Note that LAST part, “within reach for every child”. Not that every child would get a college education, but that they be ABLE to get that education.

Granted, not every child is college material. Sadly enough there are some that will never have the cognitive ability to make it through college. But the President lays out a case that every child should have the OPPORTUNITY to go to college.

And Rick Santorum is getting his panties in a wad over this?

I suppose I’d make Santorum apoplectic with my proposal which I’ll detail below:

1) Break out of the 18th and 19th century educational model. We’re not preparing farm workers or even factory workers anymore. Focus on math and science, but lets not get too lean on the language arts.

2) Enhance teacher standards. I’ve seen a number of teachers who I truly believe received a bad education. Let’s reform the system and evaluate both before they get into a classroom, and in their first 180 days. Then supplement their education using government money to keep them up to date on the latest methodologies for imparting knowledge.

3) Bolster the state colleges. Infuse enough cash so that tuition is a fraction of what it is now. Hire good professors, focus on new educational paradigms, and make it so EVERY child has the OPPORTUNITY and ABILITY to attend those schools.

4) Ultimately take over the private schools like Yale, Harvard, Brown et al and NATIONALIZE them. Make them NATIONAL Universities. Wouldn’t that be something. Allow them to be academically selective. If the feeder schools are doing their job, there shouldn’t be a problem there.

Finally, if anyone is guilty of hubris and snobbery it’s Rick Santorum himself.

One thought on “Santorum should look in the mirror occasionally

  1. What a great list. I would (as a retired (38 years) teacher) add one thing.

    Improve administrative standards so that principals and those responsible for evaluating teachers are the most up to date educators in the system and actually KNOW something about teaching. Too often they are failed teachers who do not have an idea in their heads about how to nurture/foster/coach a teacher. Good teachers become good teachers in spite of them.

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