Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'
January 7th, 2012
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Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Santorum called President Barack Obama's education goals an agenda of "hubris" on Saturday, saying he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college."

"The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a forum at St. Anselm's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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Obama has repeatedly said he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Earlier this year, while announcing plans to reform "No Child Left Behind," Obama also said he intends for every student to graduate "career and college ready."

But Santorum, whose children's education includes home-schooling, argued that not everyone is suited for a college education.

"I have seven kids. Maybe they'll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him, that's a good paying job, using your hands, using your mind," he said.

Santorum calls for the federal government to have a "very limited" role in education, advocating for "flexible and personalized approaches to education for each child to best maximize their potential."

"We are leaving so many children behind because they're not ready to go to college - they don't want to go to college, they don't need to go to college," Santorum said Saturday.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. Truman Guy

    Yeah don't encourage kids to get an education so they can have intellect. They don't even want the fast food jobs.
    Keep our kids un -educate dso they can be led around by you, the college educated politician.Keep us that way, in fact don't even teach us how to read. Teach us how to cook, farm, just be drones for your Snobby GOP friends. maybe be Gingirch's wifes personal shopper.why can't a auto mechanic go to college to be a better business man or just be educated? We have to aim high or go down. Rick you are a whiney snob your elf.

    January 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. carlos

    This position of Santorum is idiotic, every child should have the option to go to collegue, & by doing that increase the proportion of children in America that go to collegue, he is distorting Obama's position which is looking to afford the option to go to collegue to more (and possibly) every child, is up to them, today very few have this alternative available, some others are in debt for (almost) life to go to collegue, and this is the man (Santorum) that says Obama is tellig us how to run our lives, but he would impose his religious believes in every household in America, if he could.

    January 8, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. wgf

    Obviously not everyone can or should go to college, and I think Obama's statement that every high school graduate should be "career and college ready." alludes to that (emphasis on career - which includes auto mechanics, plumbers, electricians, etc. etc.)

    Santorum's statement is largely correct, except for the snobbery link. However, it comes off as yet another Republican arguement in favor of ignorance. "How dare them - they want to educate our children and make them career and college ready." Only Republicans would find a problem with the public educational system trying to acheive the goal of educating its children.

    January 8, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. katy Heys

    Santorum is a jerk.

    January 8, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. BD70

    No not every child wants to go to college...that is correct. However...bring back apprenticeships then. That way every child learns a trade or has the skills to work and contribute to the country.

    January 8, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. edlinn

    Keep America Dumb! (sarcasm)

    January 8, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. head scratcher

    I think this s the first time I've ever heard of someone pushing less education. Certainly the first time I've heard of it by that someone KNOCKING more education.

    That is wacko.

    January 8, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Hamster12

    How amazing is this? A politician who is intelligent and makes sense! Got my vote!

    January 8, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. A concerned taxpayer

    It is hypocritical for Santorum to say that government should have a more limited role in education while he likely requires his home school district to pay more than ten thousand dollars per year to educate each of his seven children. Just imagine how many more students would benefit from an additional public school teacher ( or two) if the school could have that cyber school money returned to the Pennsylvania Department of Education or Santorum's local public school district...as much as 70,000 dollars per year for over a decade? My family's choice to seek alternative education has been funded by my bank account, not my local area's limited educational budget. What if we all sent our children to those non accountable cyber schools?

    January 8, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Steve

    I would think that the ideal voter for the Republican party would be either very wealthy or poorly educated. Santorum appears to be pushing for the easily duped poorly educated voter.

    January 8, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Carol

    .....they don't want to go to college, they don't need to go to college, they can't afford to go to college.......

    January 8, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Carolina

    Dude is wacky with a capital W. If Obama says the Earth revolves around the Sun, then Santorum would claim the opposite and decry the truth as "snobbery" or "an insult to God." Get off the stage, loony tunes! Your 15 minutes are over! America won't stand for your intolerance, bigotry and just plain stupidity.

    January 8, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. ed fl

    Keep your kids at home ,near the cookie jar so they can do what their father did . KEPT HIS HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR of the U S government and used that position to further his own wealth from connections he made as a member of congress. That is why he got kicked out of office by a HUGE margin. This guy and Gingrich have bled the position of congressman to enrich themselves while in office and continued after they got kicked out for shady actividies. Politicians of a feather FLOCK together and that is prevalent during this cycle of candidates for the Presidency.

    January 8, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Marry

    To be criticized for encouraging young people to get a good education by such a bible thumper shows how very little they have to criticize the President on since the economy is picking up.

    Of cause, good parents will support their children according to their talents and possibilities! But still, it does show what the GOP/TP has in store for YOU! In other words: The GOP/TP is accepting the lack of good schools in some areas, and the problem with affordable college education for your children and in so many ways want to use that to reducing the “deficit”. Now they just have to convince YOU that YOUR children do not need “this education stuff”.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. in the middle

    Santorum needs an education himself. My husband is an "auto mechanic." They refer them as auto technicians these days. He has a four year degree and had to go to college to get a good paying technician job. Sigh....

    January 8, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Eric

    If you want a radical plan ask a 'conservative'.
    They must read 'Tale of Two cities' and think that it's a paradise.

    January 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Sanctimonious

    Currently at the front of the parade of republican fools.

    January 8, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Tim

    I think Mr. Santorum missed the President's point. Yes, everyone is not meant to go to college, but if your child wants to be an auto mechanic, guess what- they have to go to some type of school. Many community colleges offer courses and associate degrees in those fields. With cars becoming more and more electrical, you no longer just work with your hands. Many cars have to be diagnosed before you even put any tool on an engine part.

    January 8, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. cmcle

    First, I'll say I agree with Santorum that college is not right for everyone.

    But the most amazing thing Santorum said is: "This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives." Did he just cal himself a snob?

    January 8, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Sanctimonious

    I happen to agree with Sanctimonious. They key to America's prosperity depends on lowering its standards, particularly repairing more automobiles.

    January 8, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    GOP, the anti-education party. More proof that the GOP likes their voters to be as stupid and gullible as possible.

    January 8, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. M I Snow

    AMERICA... please... please don't elect this twit!!!

    January 8, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. CJMATL

    This guy is about as stupid as they come. Why do Republicans hate education so much? Why are they so anti-intellectual?

    January 8, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. James

    Santorum is so out of touch with education and working class people he needs to drop out now He doesn't believe there are classes in our society well I guess he's never heard of a Country Club. He also has no clue of the education required to be an auto mechanic for today's cars that are loaded with computers and highly technical electro/mechanical systems. Problem is we have a whole leadership in Washington and our State capitols that think like him. What a bunch of elitist shallow egomaniacs.

    January 8, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Anonymous

    this dude isnuts

    January 8, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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