According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, Republicans have diminished faith in the institution of higher education. Since Pew last surveyed Americans about their views on the country’s colleges and universities, Republicans’ trust in the benefits of a college education has plummeted. Two years ago, only 37% of registered Republicans told the survey institute that colleges were having a negative effect on the country. In the latest version of the study, however, a whopping 58% of Republicans think that higher education is bringing America down.
Now…what has happened in the last two years that might contribute to these numbers?
According to several left-wing outlets, the survey is a sign that we’ve reached “peak anti-intellectualism” in America and, more specifically, conservatism. Even a handful of conservative pundits – NeverTrumpers, one and all – have given this theory some credit.
The survey’s findings have nothing to do with how valuable or worthless Republicans find the concept of higher learning. They have everything to do with the liberal madness that has engulfed these universities over the last two years. This madness is not new by any means – college students have been getting a decidedly-biased education for decades. But the new manifestations – as seen in riotous, outrageous protests at UC Berkeley, the University of Missouri, and elsewhere – have damaged the entire system of higher education in ways it will take years to repair. That is, if today’s academic movers and shakers have any interest in repairing it.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen academic deans and professors forced out of their jobs because they wouldn’t immediately submit to the social justice madness of that particular day – much of which had to do with race and much of which was connected to the Black Lives Matter movement. A movement that has proven time and again that it was NO regard whatsoever for facts, truth, or ethical conduct, and yet continues to enjoy prominent status at the top of the left-wing activism food chain. We’ve seen students throw campus-wide hissy fits over Halloween costumes and get satisfaction from various campus police agencies that encourage them to REPORT offensive costumes. We’ve seen it all. Over and over again. And eventually, you can’t blame conservatives – or anyone else who has a thinking brain – for wondering what exactly is happening in today’s college climate.
It is already an undisputed fact that college debt is a major problem is today’s economy. It is already an undisputed fact that a college degree is not worth nearly as much in today’s job market as it was even twenty years ago. So what we’re left with is the subjective question of what, exactly, a college institution should be doing with their students. Many Republicans and Democrats would ostensibly agree that the answer to that question is: Prepare these young men and women for the real world. For life. But when everything we hear from these campuses is trigger warning this and safe space that…well, maybe these colleges ARE still preparing these students for the real world, but the question then becomes: What kind of world is it going to be?