Rick Perry got a lot of Câ€™s and Dâ€™s in introductory courses that are frankly not at all â€œcollege levelâ€. For example, as the following transcript shows, he got a D in trigonometry, a C in U.S. History, and a D in Principles of Economics, just to name a few.
This should be something he is ashamed of, instead he uses as an anecdote to present himself as one with the common man, one who would rather fight for his country than fight for a C+. That might be an effective political strategy, but the side effect of that is the devaluation of education in our public discourse. A D in trigonometry should be a disqualifier for a presidential candidate.
While the political bickering over tax policy continues, we have to remember that what made this country prosperous and what is behind any future growth is innovation. Itâ€™s difficult for me to imagine that a person who failed in scientific disciplines in college can properly inspire a new generation of bright productive minds.
And joking about the whole thing is just terribly irresponsible. Just donâ€™t talk about it!