Friday, March 9, 2012

Education Should not be Sacrificed for Ideals

Mr. Santorum and Romney publicly argued against current education system. Mr. Santorum argued that higher education undermines people’s religious faith, while Mr. Romney urged people not to attend expensive schools, that is, public schools. I find Santorum’s argument problematic because he invites the current system to surrender to their conservative traditions.

As the attached op-ed points out, nine in ten scientists identify themselves as Democrats, which is hard to the Republicans to preserve their traditions. However, as Hayward points out, conservatives need reform in the party itself (and so do Democrats). They cannot just advocate their values and show people how loyal they are to the conservative traditions otherwise they call people who do not strictly follow traditions liberals or moderates, as Santorum did to Romney. Santorum is essentially asking the system to sacrifice, the people who benefit from higher education to sacrifice, and the education value to sacrifice for the preservation of religion, which is absurd. His idea brings us back to the time when religion dominated social affairs and when science did not emerge. He is incorrect because the system should not serve the ideals, and it should be the other way around. Ideals should serve the system to work effectively; otherwise we will be strictly embracing some concepts while being unproductive.

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