Rick Santorum and the University of California

Why is it that the only problems Rick Santorum can identify about American higher education are the ones he just makes up?

I know I should stop doing this because 1. The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania says dumb stuff all the time and 2. Rick Santorum doesn’t matter at all, but here’s another gem from the Santorum jewel box.

According to a piece by Alex Seitz-Wald at Think Progress:

Santorum continued his broadside against higher education (and the facts) today in Wisconsin, claiming that “seven or eight” of the ten schools in the University of California system “don’t even teach an American history course”:

Santorum: I was just reading something last night from the state of California. And that the California universities – I think it’s seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught.

Here’s the speech:

Now, if there were actually eight public universities in California where it wasn’t possible to take an American history course, that would, indeed, be cause for concern. Understanding history is important and all undergraduate institutions, especially publicly-funded ones, have a duty to tech history to their students.

And they all do. Santorum is lying.

Of the 10 UC system schools, nine of them require all students to take at least once course in American history.

The one UC campus that doesn’t offer an American history course is the University of California, San Francisco. UCSF is a medical school.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer