Saturday, February 25, 2012

Santorum: Obama is a Snob for Encouraging People to go to College

I don't get Rick Santorum. He was speaking at an event where he called President Barack Obama a snob for wanting "everyone" to go to college. His concern is that your child will be intellectually brainwashed by liberal professors if they go to college. His plan is to create employment opportunities for people so they won't have to go to college. Listen to it here:


Keep in mind that people with college degrees are less likely to be unemployed and their wages are typically higher. According to 2010 Bureau of Labor statstics, people aged 25 and older are more likely to be unemployed if they don't have any degree and their wages are typically four times less than those with a professional degree or a doctoral degree.

Here is how it breaks down (keep in mind that these are 2010 statistics, but I would guess that the numbers aren't drastically different in 2012):

*High school drop-outs have a median weekly wage of $444. The unemployment rate for this group was at 14.9%

*High school graduates have a median weekly wage of $626 and their overall unemployment rate of 10.3%.

*Those who took some college classes, but didn't actually obtain their degree have a median weekly wage of $712 and have an overall unemployment rate of 9.2%.

*Those with an associate degree share a median weekly wage of $767 and an unemployment rate of 7.0%.

*Those with a bachelor's degree have a median weekly wage of $1,038 and an unemployment rate of 5.4%.

*Those with a master's degree have a median weekly wage of $1,272 and share an unemployment rate of 4.0%.

*Those with a professional degree have a median weekly wage of $1,610 and an unemployment rate of 2.4%.

*Finally, those with a doctoral degree share a median weekly wage of $1,550 and an unemployment rate of 1.9%.

I understand that not everyone wants to go to university and not everyone is suited for university classes. Most of my post-high school nephews are seeking associate degrees for necessary technical careers.

That said, why does Rick Santorum encourage people to stay out of college? Personally, I want my son to go to college. I want him to study for a career that will allow him to provide for himself and his future family and to help him prepare for his eventual retirement. I know many people who, for a variety of reasons, never received any post-high school training. They struggle. They struggle with low wages. They struggle with a lack of health or retirement benefits. Are these statistics universally true for everyone on either side of this education scale? No. But, generally speaking, Santorum is discouraging a level of education that helps to push people up the scale for higher income and standard of living.

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