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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jodysheridan
jodysheridan

The propensity for anti-intellectualism in America is alarming. It's hard to believe that people see America thriving and civil in a culture of ignorance. What is the underlying thread that ties these people together in this belief structure? Ignorance doesn't make sense.

Tyrone88
Tyrone88

The greatest asset a democratic society can have is a healthy and well educated population. The greatest asset a tyrant can have is an uneducated and unhealthy population.

Where a leader stands on these issues tells you much of their intent.

FrankAF
FrankAF

jodysheriden The embracing of ignorance makes sense to the ignorant and in particular to the extremely insecure. You've heard of GroupThink? People who are extremely insecure fear being ridiculed or shunned if their beliefs differ from the masses. I'm from NJ and I believe Bruce Springsteen is a horrible singer and a middling musician whose songs are pedantic at best, which puts me in a very small club. I also hate the Yankees. Yet I've seen time and time again people spending thousands of dollars to attend consecutive days of Springsteen concerts (as much as 10 or 11 days in a row) and/or numerous Yankees games during a season, proclaiming their love but when asked could only name a handful of songs by the former or a few names of players of the latter. They aren't fans. They're just extremely insecure people who are amazingly fearful of being different from the masses. So it is with ignorant vs. informed people. As a kicker, know that ignorance requires no effort whereas being informed does. So I'll add laziness to the formula. We have become a country where the majority of the citizens are extremely insecure and lazy.

johannah53
johannah53

FrankAF......you are precisely right. Makes perfect sense to me. Ignorance is bliss maybe??

johannah53
johannah53

.....and all of the blissfully ignorant love having their dummy-in-chief as willfully marble-brained as they are.