During a town hall in Iowa on Monday, an audience member asked our president, Barack Obama, how he felt about Ben Carson’s bizarre proposal that the Department of Education deny federal funding to colleges with “extreme political bias.”

“I have no idea what that means, and I suspect he doesn’t either,” Obama said.

“The idea that you’d have somebody in government making a decision about what you should think ahead of time or what you should be taught, and if it’s not the right thought or idea or perspective or philosophy, that person would be— that they wouldn’t get funding, runs contrary to everything we believe about education,” he said. “I guess that might work in the Soviet Union, but it doesn’t work here.”

But this isn’t just a conservative issue, he pointed out.

“Its not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem too.”

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“I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative,” he continued. “Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views.”

Haha, try telling that to my college where there were no sharp edges and all the outlets had little plastic guards in them! Just kidding, it was a preschool.


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