More Republicans Than Ever Before Believe That Education Is Bad For America


More Republicans in the United States of American  now believe that education is  very bad for Americans , as the Washington Post reports:


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 is three out of every five Republicans who think that colleges hurt the U.S., and that shift to more than half is very recent. Two years ago, it was 37%. Still high, but it meant that most Republicans saw how college was essential to society.

But Trump and his fellow Republicans started to attack colleges. Ad Donald Trump Jr. put it in a speech he gave at a university:

“We’ll take $200,000 of your money; in exchange, we’ll train your children to hate our country.”

And lies like these worked on many Americans:

“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.

This kind of thinking is only going to hurt the very people who voted for Trump. As the Atlantic reported:

For the white middle class, a turn against college is a profound historical irony. The GI Bill was more responsible than almost any other law in fashioning the 20th century’s middle class. Many Trump voters feel left behind, or worry that their children will grow up poorer. It’s extremely unlikely that these families will personally benefit from a large tax cut for General Electric and Apple. What they could use, instead, is some extra money today, plus an education system that prepares their kids for a new career, in a field that isn’t in structural decline.

On the flipside, 71% of Democrats disagreed with the Republican belief that higher education hurts America. Maybe that’s because they took a history class and saw that, like the fictional leader in A Man of the People Adolf Hitler also attacked universities shortly after becoming Chancellor of Germany.



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