Santorum: 'It's Parents' Responsibility to Educate Their Chidren'

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Forget about healthcare reform—at least for now—the latest red-meat topic that Republican presidential contenders are serving up is a roasting of public education and, in particular, the federal government's role in the nation's classrooms.

During a Saturday campaign rally in Boise, Texas Congressman Ron Paul revved up his faithful by denouncing the U.S. Department of Education and later told Boise Weekly that the nation did just fine in the days when more students were schooled at home or in churches.

Also Saturday, former Pennsylvania Congressman Rick Santorum, who spoke in Boise last Tuesday, told a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, that the idea of schools run by the federal government, or even state governments, was "anachronistic."

"It goes back to the time of industrialization of America when people came off the farms where they did home-school or have the little neighborhood school, and into these big factories, so we built equal factories called public schools," said Santorum. "And while those factories as we all know in Ohio and Pennsylvania have fundamentally changed, the factory school has not."

Santorum waxed poetic about the early days of America when more children were home-schooled.

"Parents educated their children, because it's their responsibility to educate their children," he said.

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