Rick Santorum jumped the shark and sank his Presidential hopes recently by condemning college education.
(The original of this picture is at FiscalTimes.) What he said, specifically, is dead-wrong. The idea that you're “a snob” if you support higher education is beyond stupid. He deserved what he got for it – Romney as the GOP nominee.
But beyond that, there is some truth hidden away inside his statement. Sometimes the squirrel does indeed find a nut.
We've become credential-mad in this country. What the President said, and quite rightly, is that trade schools and similar training programs, as well as college, are essential to the maintenance of a highly skilled workforce.
But should cooks really have to attend a college in order to cook? Should people running radiology machines need a degree in order to point it at people?
I don't think so. I think many programs for what are basically trades are misguided and wasteful. After due consideration, I'd add journalism to that list.