Rick Santorum recently said that Obama wants to make it easier for more kids to go to university because the university system makes them into liberals. While I know that it is a fact that the majority of college professors are indeed to the left of the political spectrum (which seems to reinforce this study showing that less intelligent people tend to be more conservative), this letter from a professor to his students shows how far Americans have gotten away from the idea of learning how to think and challenge different beliefs:
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I really regret being in a place in my life where I wasn’t able to go to a good university and have the experience of being intellectually challenged – it’s probably the biggest regret of my life. From my outsider’s perspective, one of the big things that you learn in university is how to think. I’ve done my best to do so on my own and I think that I’ve been pretty successful, but I don’t think that university is about indoctrinating certain ideas, but rather to be able to look at things from different perspectives; to understand that there are many perspectives on issues and to be able to deal with complexity.