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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Ataboy51
Ataboy51

Universities, and even high schools are basicly liberal. When political leanings should not be in any classroom except political science where all sides should be expressed. Universities have turned to pigs feeding on the trough of the government, and government student loans. The US needs more trade schools, and less, smaller universities.

W. Reed Moran
W. Reed Moran

I'm one of those hyper-liberal, hippie, commie, California college professors, and while there is a huge strain of anti-intellectualism in the U.S., our faculties tend to be far left, and intolerant of any dissenting views. The uneducated far right is right about that. Thus their contempt of the educated "elites."

wrtoth
wrtoth

The educated tend to think for themselves, ask questions, and insist on decent answers. Republicans tend to be authoritarian and expect complacency and compliance. I've heard the chatter against the "leftist" agenda in universities. Translated into intelligent conversation, that means that "leftists" tend to insist that others learn to think and decide for themselves and not blindly follow the ways of others who don't have the welfare of us all in mind. That scares the likes of Trump and the GOP.

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.