Does Higher Education Have a Negative Effect on the United States?

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Most Republicans and “right-leaning independents” believe this, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

Clara Turnage unpacks the study in a recent piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here is a taste:

A majority of Republicans and right-leaning independents think higher education has a negative effect on the country, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center on Monday. The same study has found a consistent increase in distrust of colleges and universities since 2010, when negative perceptions among Republicans was measured at 32 percent. That number now stands at 58 percent.

By comparison, 72 percent of Democrats or left-leaning Independents in the study said colleges and universities have a positive impact on the United States.

In an increasingly polarized culture, the drastic shift is the latest piece of evidence that institutions of higher education — along with labor unions, banks, churches, and the news media — have been plunged headfirst into a hyperpartisan war.

That war started a long time ago, though it’s intensified lately. “The divides between folks on the left and folks on the right are getting more serious,” said Neil L. Gross, a professor of sociology at Colby College and author of the book, Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? “I don’t think there’s any evidence that it’s going to subside anytime soon.”

Read the entire piece here.

2 thoughts on “Does Higher Education Have a Negative Effect on the United States?

  1. As i’ve commented on other blogs, the Republicans and their reactionary allies are attempting to further dumb-down America and Americans. Ignorant populations are easier to control and manipulate, a proven fact adopted by tyrants throughout the ages. The Republicans and their bed-mates have just regurgitated an old, and failed strategic imperative. The flaw in their theory is that people will only accept being controlled and manipulated for a limited time, before they rise up and cut off heads or put the oligarchs against some wall to be shot. America will be no different if it continues to demean and discourage educating Americans to the greatest extent possible. Intellectual and emotional evolution is the only way the human race will survive in the long term. Otherwise, we are destined to go the way of the dinosaur, with a bang or a whimper. Grow or die is the nature of the universe. I am so glad and proud that most countries, including my own, Canada, are parting ways with the US on this issue, as they are on many others. I am also optimistic also that ultimately, the slugs in control of the US currently will be turfed or worse as they deserve after the suffering and stress they have caused those they’ve sworn to serve. Well that’s it for my morning rant; and before coffee and breakfast, which may have shown through. Lol. #education #colleges #USA #Trump #University #government


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