“There will be more incentives to electrical engineers than to French literature majors,” he said in January during his budget speech. “All the people in the world that want to study French literature can do so, they are just not going to be subsidized by the taxpayer like engineers.”
The Eastern Progress also reported that Hampton called higher education a “privilege,” and “not a right.”
And it quoted her as suggesting she does not want her taxes to support universities.
“Those of us who go to work must give part of their earnings to put you through college, and I disagree with that,” the newspaper reported.
Update: On Saturday, the Eastern Progress published the full transcript of the interview, which included the full quote that reads, “I would not be studying history. Unless, you have a job lined up.” The newspaper also issued a clarification: “As a student, Hampton said she would be looking for degrees that would land a job after graduating and not focusing majors such as history, which might have limited prospects.”
By the way, this link was sent to me by a former history major and a lawyer from Kentucky who reads this blog. I have never met him before, but I am guessing that he has done quite well with his history major. (I also must admit that I was flattered when he told me that ” your blog is my crack cocaine—-I love your stuff!”)
UPDATE: Here is a response to Hampton in the Huffington Post.