Have you seen the movie Idiocracy by Mike Judge? Judge predicts a future where citizens devolve into education hating morons. The movie was supposed to be a comedy, but for the GOP, it’s seeming more and more like a documentary.
A Pew poll released on Monday shows that the Republican disdain for colleges has grown by about 21%. Back in September of 2015, 54% of Republicans said they had a positive view of higher education and 37% had a negative view. Since then, those numbers have practically flipped. Only 36% of Republicans now have a positive view of higher education and an astonishing 58% have a negative view.
On the other side of the political spectrum, 72% of Democrats and independents who lean Democrat have a positive perception of colleges and universities. These numbers have held steady over the past few years.
During the Republican primaries in 2016, some Republicans spent a lot of effort on downplaying the value of higher education.
“Why, for the life of me, I do not understand why did we stop doing vocational education in America—people that can work with their hands, people you can train to do this work while they’re still in high school, so they can graduate ready to go work,” said Sen. Marco Rubio.
Other Republicans continue to assault colleges and universities for a “PC culture” or “censorship of free speech.”
Sen. Ted Cruz says “It’s tragic what is happening at so many American universities where college administrators and faculties have become complicit in functioning essentially as speech police.”
Meanwhile, the Trump Administration seems intent on making life harder for those who took loans for their educations. The Dept of Education, under the leadership of Betsy Devos, is now being sued by 18 states after “resetting” an Obama Administration rule that protects borrowers.
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