Santorum and Education

Not quite sure where to begin on this one.  I popped open my Twitter feed and ran through the Diane Ravitch early morning blasts (especially on Sunday, when the East Coast has had the NYT in their hands for a few hours).  Found this lovely article on Rick Santorum’s thoughts on education.  Check this out, from the LA Times.

Here’s Rick, in all his wisdom:  “Yes, the government can help,” he continued, “but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic.”

Anachronistic? Because so many parents have the education and training that would enable them to properly homeschool their children to a level that is needed by society to have a functioning and educated population? I can barely work my way through 8th grade Algebra to help my daughter and can’t imagine trying to re-learn Algebra II, Chemistry and Physics, 2 subjects that I actually enjoyed (not you, Algebra II).

And while this parents are homeschooling their kids, who will be working, spending and paying taxes to support our capitalist society?  Wouldn’t one less person per family, if there are 2 actually employed, slow down the economy even more?

Comments like this, made at a conservative christian setting to only garner votes from homeschooling parents are pandering at best and insulting to the people in the audience, should they choose to pay close enough attention to his intentions.  We’re not even going to talk about his thoughts on creating a Christian Sharia Law for the USA.

And he’s the front runner for the Republicans right now. Thanks Rick, hope you enjoy having President Obama in office for 4 more years. C’mon GOP, you have got to find someone better than this to at least make it interesting in November.

But you won’t.

And President Obama, we’ll talk more about your educational policies but for now, I need to get some coffee.

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