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.

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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sjmiller
sjmiller

Betsy DeVos is The Secretary of Edumacation. With that said, who needs to read this story?

sjmiller
sjmiller

Drakelover- Isn't it "since when ARE the Left critical thinkers?" I'm not a critical thinker at 6:22 in the morning, but your comment might be taken seriously if you pluralized correctly. You got a bad edumacation, Lover of Drake!

radikaModerae
radikaModerae

I wouldn't expect this type of brain-dead mud-slinging on a site called 'the Intellectualist', so many seem so sure about what they know, we are truly blessed aren't ain't we's

Nouget
Nouget

Fabricio, you are being sarcastic right? I mean no one deserves a proper education ( outside the home) than your offspring. Your comments proves just how much this country has fallen .

FranklinKiting
FranklinKiting

It would appear that you have enjoyed a hircine education yourself. I wonder what news outlet gave you the notion that teachers hate God. You are living proof that there is value in education and danger in the lack thereof.

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