Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Santorum on Education - This can't be for real

There's a clip making the rounds where Rick Santorum is chatting it up with a bunch of students. In the segment, he starts off with this reasonable lead in:

We don’t even know our own history. There was a report that just came out last week that the worst subject of children in American schools is — not math and science — its history. It’s the worst subject. How can we be a free people. How can we be a people that fight for America if we don’t know who America is or what we’re all about.

Fair enough. Then he makes a left turn into crazyville with this:

This is, in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left who has a huge influence on our curriculum, to desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America.

Huh? Where does one begin to unpack a statement like this. Has he actually met real teachers? Has he heard of the Texas Board of Education? What about No-Child-Left-Behind? What what values, exactly, do liberals want to impose?

One thing I will say is, I wasn't able to find the entire clip. So, it's quite possible this is taken out of context. We've certainly been fooled before, as you can edit a YouTube video to say anything you want. But man, this one seems pretty clear cut whacky.

Here's the clip - does it seem real to you?

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