For most, college has merit

It is 2012: the year of the dragon, the Mayan apocalypse and the U.S. presidential elections.

We are all used to hearing about politicians acting like grade-school children, resorting to name-calling and accusing each other of outlandish things.

Republican Senator Rick Santorum recently called President Obama a ‘snob’ at the Americans for Prosperity Tea Party event in Troy, Mich., for saying that all Americans should have the chance to pursue higher education.

“He wants to remake you in his image,” Santorum said. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard everyday and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.”

While Santorum de-emphasizes the importance of higher education, he earned his law degree at Harvard.

President Obama isn’t trying to “remake Americans in his image,” as Santorum claims.

What President Obama most likely means is that everyone should have the chance to pursue higher education, not that every high school graduate should be shipped off to a university and converted into a liberal.

Santorum says that he wants to create jobs, but how are Americans going to compete with other countries without some type of education after high school?

Countries such as Japan and China are improving their education and their economies, getting closer to America’s status every day.

Santorum might have meant that Obama seemed idealistic by assuming that everyone in America could afford the high cost of a university, which is certainly a valid point.

However, Obama’s point was that  higher education should be an opportunity for everyone, not that each American has the funds or motivation to attend.

And Santorum is certainly right about how a typical four-year university may not be for everyone. Some people don’t need to attend college in order to have a good job. There are successful business owners, musicians and actors/actresses who don’t have a college education.

However, there are plenty of vocational schools which prepare people for a career, and there are also community colleges for those who want a college education but who don’t want to be full-time students.

If Americans want to pursue a particular occupation, they need to prepare themselves to the best of their ability by going to college, vocational school or community college.

It seems hard to believe that someone would argue against giving everyone the opportunity to pursue a higher education, but apparently that’s what Santorum is doing.

While Santorum may have a point that a college education is unnecessary for every single American, his point didn’t come across. Instead, what most people took away from his speech is that he thinks Obama is a snob.

-        The Review Editorial Board

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