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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

Education & a robust free press are the two things that keep The Beast at bay. The 1 in 10 that are afraid of learning and progress and inventions and innovation are trying the best they can to kill off these values that built the nation that they have thrived in. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do" comes in handy to grasp what's going on. They are like children afraid of the dark - the unknown. They fear the future and want it dumbed down and they embrace the society of an autocratic S. American dictatorship with our own ridiculous version of Castro at the helm. Life will defeat them. 9/10ths of Americans will not choose to side with their embrace of Orwellian slogans like "Ignorance is Strength". Their predictably low numbers and paralyzingly fear will doom their apocalyptic yearnings. Even their idolatrous book preaches this ~
"Fear is not of God" - Matthew
"Without vision the people perish." - Proverbs

<Sarcasm hat on> Of course it's better to remain ignorant, that way you don't get too confused and hurt yourself. More and more education leads to thinking about things from different angles, and that creates confusion, and soon you realize that people are more the same than they are different. Who wants to know that? We learned everything we need to know by the 6th grade. Too much smarty pantsness and intelektial bullhocky from those snowflakey libtards we don't need! Ancient aliens built this world. They are called "Angels" in the constitution known as THE BIBLE. And America was founded by devout Christians. Before the liberals messed things up our US constitution contained language bout Jesus, God, and God Jesus, and even the baby Jesus. But those darn libtardy homosexuals took all those words out. That's a conspiracy that the left colllage edumcated don't allow the elite mass media that Soros created to cover. And that goes way back to right before the Civil War when the same Soros liberal controlled media made the south look bad and printed fake news about how the south wanted to keep slavery. No they didn't. They just wanted a country like God intended with some people created better than others, and the lesser people work and do stuff for the better people. Everyone was happier then even the slaves who liked having something to do. Too much knowing hurts the brain and that makes you gay, liberal, and makes you hate guns and NASCAR! Not to mention you start to believe women when they claim they were sexually harassed or abused. Those things aren't true, and if women stayed at home and in the kitchen raising babies then there wouldn't be all these problems.

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