Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'
January 7th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
3 years ago

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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soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. Shelley

    To answer CJMATL's question, they hate education because it is so much harder to lead people around by the nose if they refuse to be sheep. Keep them dumb and fearful and they are so much easier to fool and control.

    January 8, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. olman

    What a goofy thing to say. You need a college degree to be an auto mechanic if you are going to work on today's cars!

    January 8, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. cigarlover6

    What a nut job this guy is!! 7 children !! This 'xian fundamentalist is no better than those 'slam fanatics who produces innumerable children and those paranoid folks who home school their children in order to "protect" them from differing world views?. Imagine if everyone started having 7 children, what will this world would become with its scarce resources? Its like loser breeding losers.
    This is what wrong with America, that narrow mindedness and dogma based society would pull everyone down. I am so highly surprised that even after knowing his dogma oriented "conservative (read fanatic)" values, he is surging :(

    January 8, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. sanethought

    What a nut job this guy is!! 7 children !! This 'xian fanatic is no better than those 'slam fanatics who produces innumerable children and those paranoid folks who home school their children in order to "protect" them from differing world views?. Imagine if everyone started having 7 children, what will this world would become with its scarce resources? Its like loser breeding losers.
    This is what wrong with America, that narrow mindedness and dogma based society would pull everyone down. I am so highly surprised that even after knowing his dogma oriented "conservative (read fanatic)" values, he is surging :(

    January 8, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Vader

    Reaching there a bit, Ricky?

    January 8, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Larry L

    This is what he wants to be "furious" about? His efforts to place "intellient design" in school text books is a perfect example of why he should never be President of the United States. Do you really want a man who, in spite of enormous levels of evidence to the contrary, believes the earth is less than 6000 years old? Anybody this blinded by reilgious dogma is unable to operate anything beyond a complete theocracy, where religious leaders "explain" everything to the people. "If fascism comes to America it will be carrying a Bible and wrapped in an American flag."

    January 8, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. ddblah

    What Santorum was saying is that we only need primary education to be able to read the Bible. Other things are unimportant.

    January 8, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. FedUp

    Will these kids that graduate from college be put on unemployment for 2 years, as they were in Belgium, so they don't think they are worth the big bucks when they come out of college? Rick is right. Not everyone is cut out for college. Many people enjoy working with their hands in the outdoors, instead of sitting in a cubicle all day.

    January 8, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. 2tired2care

    Again, can they not find anything of substance to complain about. Better education usually means better income.

    January 8, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Tony

    When a politician (Santorum) does not know how stupid his words are, it is time to find another line of work.

    January 8, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    Perhaps the president should say that our youth should NOT strive for higher education be satisfied with high school diploma or GED and try to go out and make a living with that. If you only do that and not learn to think or educate yourself you may as well just listen to right wing talk shows and get all your information from FoxNews and of course always vote Republican.

    January 8, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    But somehow it is not hubris for Santorum to think he and his god know best for you about whether or not you should have birth control... or be gay... or have an abortion. We can be pretty sure obama didn't mean he wanted to force every child to go to college as that would be ludicrous and out of line with anything he has said or done. Santorum, however, has stressed that he wants to force these kinds of things on people, though at times with the weak caveat that it would be done at the state level, which somehow is supposed to make it less oppressive. After all, if you don't like your state's laws you can just move... if you can afford to, can find a job wherever you move, don't mind leaving your family, friends, and your entire life behind, etc...

    January 8, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Tony

    When a politician (Romney) barely beats another (Santorum) who is not smart enough to know how stupid his words are, it is time to find another line of work.

    January 8, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Eli

    I think President Obama means that all children should have the OPPORTUNITY to go to college. He's right about that. Santorum is frothing at the mouth over his own misinterpretation. He's right, though, that not everyone is cut out for college. Public education would be greatly improved by acknowledging this instead of pushing kids toward college, increasing high-stakes testing, and cutting funding for vocational programs. But make no mistake about it: every one of Santorum's kids will go to college. That's an easy bet. This is a ploy to paint President Obama as an elitist while lying about his own elitism.

    January 8, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. windycitybill

    Holly Cow – Is this guy serious? I think that he should think about his thoughts before letting them out of that big fat yapper! LOL.

    January 8, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If it is snobbery to hope every American child can go to college, then perhaps we need that form of snobbery. I want every kid in the country to be better educated than I was. I want them to have the skills to get a good job. I do not want them to have to live, as so many do now, with parents or other relatives be cause they too uneducated to get a decent job.
    If Santorum thinks that educating our future voters is not necessary, then it just proves he wants the next generation to grow up to be Tea Partiers.

    January 8, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. ncmyk

    FIRST: obama said career and college READY – he did NOT say everyone needs to go to college.

    SECOND: if santorum thinks it is snobbery and hubris to expect people to go to college, then PLEASE explain why he has college savings accounts (six figures each) for HIS KIDS???

    January 8, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Boston Guy

    "saying he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college"

    Actually, he is "outraged" that the president thinks "black" children should go to college. Santorum thinks all "black" kids are on welfare.

    January 8, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. hypatia

    So having and promoting a decent education is 'snobbery'? Oh I forgot that Santorum wants education to be controlled by priests. All innuendo is entirely deliberate.

    January 8, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. JFB

    snobbery kinda a big word for Santorum :-) i wonder if he actually knows what it means :-)))

    January 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Mike S.

    What scares me most about the Republican party is that someone as shallow and obvious as Rick Santorum could actually get one vote from someone.

    January 8, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. georgex

    Sanitarium (sp) would privatize Social Security and Medicare if he could. That way private companies could take a cut out of the money instead of applying it to the people and medical care. We had our deregulation of electricity providers and our rates went up and now we have the task of determining which company. Used to be cheaper and less troublesome. By the way move Part D away from companies and to Medicare administration and let them bargain for lower drug costs. The private insurance companies make costs high with their cut for profits and stockholder dividends.

    January 8, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. tjlnsd

    Guess he's worried that if every child goes to college there won't be anybody left that is dumb enough to vote for him.

    January 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. J Mann

    So, the American dream is unAmerican now? Got news for you, Frothy – kids that don't go to college don't know what 'hubris' means.

    January 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. RobynH

    Only rich people "deserve" to go to go to college.
    Only rich people "deserve" to have health care.
    Only rich people "deserve" to own their own home.
    Only rich people "deserve" freedom and prosperity and a decent life.
    Only rich people "deserve" to have the Republican Party in their pocket.
    Yes, I think I understand Mr. Santorum's agenda pretty well.

    January 8, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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