Election 2012

We Don't Need No Education

Santorum playing the "duh" card.

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college,” Santorum sniped. “What a snob!”

He's also playing the "colleges are indoctrinating more liberals" card.

He said that at many colleges, conservative students tend to be called out and ridiculed more. He also made a religious connection, saying that many students of faith who go to college graduate without it.

Yeah, poor conservatives are being bullied by liberals. I have no idea what the hell he's talking about.

Yes, increased knowledge tends to generate a more liberal world view. But it's not a wild sci-fi conspiracy. It's just reality. When you learn more about important things you tend to realize that the world is more complex and diverse than a GOP bumper sticker. College students are taught to think critically and independently by default due to the difficulty of the material -- not through some kind of mandate. And this kind of critical thinking tends to produce a more liberal perspective rather than a lockstep conformist perspective.