A Republican state lawmaker in Tennessee wants to see the entire higher education system in the United States disappear in an effort to “save America,” The Hill reported this week.
Colleges and universities are nothing but a “liberal breeding ground,” state Sen. Kerry Roberts said during a rant on his conservative radio show. The comments came as Kerry addressed a recent legislative hearing on abortion laws, arguing that an activists pro-abortion rights testimony was a "product of higher education.”
The Hill noted that Roberts, himself a graduate of Lipscomb University, approved a budget earlier this year that included funding for higher education — yet during his radio program, the lawmaker questioned by colleges and universities are funded by taxpayer money.
Republicans in general have grown more leery of higher education, an August Pew Research Center poll has shown.
Fifty-nine percent of Republicans hold negative views of higher education today, compared to 37 percent in 2012; and Republicans who had a great deal of confidence in America’s higher education institutions fell from 56 percent in 2015 to 39 percent in 2018.