Republicans Increasingly Believe That Education Is Bad For America

According to Pew Research Center, 58% of conservatives believe higher education negatively affects society's direction.

Republicans' appreciation for higher education is waning more with time, leaving education advocates concerned that conservative disdain for universities and colleges might have the power to threaten such institutions.

According to the Washington Post,

In July, a Pew Research Center study found that 58 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents believe colleges and universities have a negative effect “on the way things are going in the country"....

That number is up from 37 percent just two years ago.

A Gallup poll in August found that a third of Republicans had confidence in universities, which they viewed as too liberal or political.

Some Republicans simply see higher education as a waste of money; others believe it is liberal indoctrination.

“Why does a kid go to a major university these days?” said Frank Antenori, 51, a former Green Beret who served in the Arizona state legislature. “A lot of Republicans would say they go there to get brainwashed and learn how to become activists and basically go out in the world and cause trouble.”

Though U.S. universities are envied around the world, he and other conservatives want to reduce the flow of government cash to what they see as elitist, politically correct institutions that often fail to provide practical skills for the job market.

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Swordsman1965
Swordsman1965

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" -- Isaac Asimov

RBT1
RBT1

How on earth could anyone think that higher education in this age is not serving the country well.

sinjibear
sinjibear

ok we need to just stop calling gop members conservatives, theyre crackpots period

Cassiedi
Cassiedi

I am neither republican or democrat and all this back and forth slander is unhealthy for all Americans. What message are you All sending from both sides. United we stand divided we fall.

Mikessel
Mikessel

The title is disingenuous. It isn't education that conservatives have a problem with, it is the liberal, leftist agenda that has permeated institutions with indoctrinating agendas instead of educating students.