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Santorum claims ‘seven or eight’ University of California campuses don’t teach American history

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 2, 2012 20:00 EDT
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During a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed that a number of the University of California’s ten campuses did not offer courses on American history.

“I was just reading something last night from the state of California,” he said, according to Think Progress. “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.”

“Just to tell you how bad it’s gotten in this country, where we’re trying to disconnect the American people from the roots of who we are, so they have an understanding of what America should be,” Santorum added.

He appeared to be making reference to an op-ed recently published in the Wall Street Journal by Peter Berkowitz of the National Association of Scholars, a conservative group that fights the “progressive agenda” in the lecture hall.

However, Think Progress found that UC campuses at Berkeley, Irvine, Davis, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz all offered American history courses. UC San Francisco, a medical school, was the only campus that did not offer any American history courses.

Santorum has previously described President Barack Obama as a “snob” because he “wants everybody in America to go to college” and said universities were indoctrinating students with “radical secular ideology.” But in early March, Santorum acknowledged that he agreed with the President’s past statements about Americans pursuing higher education.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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