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.

That's because Republicans are a bunch of Bible beaters, and science does not support their mythology.


You don't think the billions of dollars the Koch brothers pay politicians has anything to do with policy? How about Big pharma? The fossil fuel industry? Maybe you will open yourself to reality when I tell you the Democratic party is guilty of it, too. Both sides serve their donors. You're naive to think otherwise as the proof is readily available.
Liberals have been guilty of shutting down conservative speakers and that is wrong. They did it to Bill Maher, too.
I do think conservatives hinder education. They're notoriously anti-science. They are the reason teachers are afraid to teach evoloution because they their beliefs are equivalent to scientific facts.

Not true I am a retired teacher!

Granny, there is a big difference between anecdotal evidence and science based statistics.

There is value in education and conservatives know this. What is of dubious value are parts of the curriculum. Particularly offensive: the twisted perspectives of History, English,. Science and math are also compromised by presenting global warming as 'proven and irrefutable !'.
As to college: What is Gender Studies ?? What discipline is this? Male vs Female, that has meaning if you talking about electrical connectors or plumbing fittings.


That proves their ignorance, perhaps more education could change that "conservative" belief...

Well, of course they do! The less educated and more gullible the public is, the more likely they are to vote Republican. "Keep 'em scared and stupid" is the real motto of the Republican Party.

Funny you would use a famous John D Rockefeller quote to pin on republicans, considering he founded the CFR, ground zero for the Liberal Global Order.

and yet the OP is STILL correct.....

REALLY???? But indoctrination into religion is ok????? youre just the craziest bunch of hypocrites I have ever seen!!

I can find NOWHERE that he said any such thing... youre thinking of your OTHER god, Hitler.....

Not surprising. A wealth of diploma-waving oligarchs who don't even know enough to turn on their headlights when it's dark. Then listen to them speak? Trump and De Vos especially.

The problem conservatives have with education is that education makes it easier to overcome conservative brainwashing.

Bumper sticker: Republicans think thinking stinks.

The indoctrination makes the education worthless. It's like the brownie story.
Here, have a brownie!!! Yes, the dog got diarrhea, but it was only the tiniest drop that got in there...

College is supposed to be a place where you learn truth and truth is tested by logic, philosophy and argument. That is NOT what many colleges are today.

2 Bachelor's with a 3rd completed but refuse to repay for classes already taken here. A Masters as well. Here are some of the classes at 1200 a pop I was forced to take in order to graduate:
Social media 101: how to navigate and use popular media platforms.
Women's Studies: most of the class was anti male to include an entire week on why a vibrator is better for you than a male counterpart.
Sociodynamics: spent 6 weeks learning about socio differences between demographic areas....sounds great until you realize it basically was 6 weeks of learning why fast food is prevelant in urban areas.
English 101...same class you take in Senior year...And yes I asked to CLEP out.
Budget 101....as in your dang household.

Tell me how any of that at a bachelor level is beneficial.

They follow a president who's not keen on being educated either, so why is this a surprise? That's what fascists do...they want you as stupid as possible! Looks like he achieved his objective with his voters. Example Pol Pot.

It seems to me that there have been times that Trump has reinforced this notion by suggesting that more people should go to vocational type schools. There certainly isn't anything wrong with a vocational program, but Trump talk in of itself is a lowering of intellectual standards.

i rather have my goat teach my children than this liberal God hating teachers of now days! I really dont care if my kid goes to stupid college or not, i can teach him about picaso, mosart later in life