For decades now the Right has had a hard on for higher education. They take every opportunity to degrade anyone with an advanced degree as some sort of elitist.
The burning question is why do conservatives hate higher education? I have my thoughts but I am usual a bit harsh…..but someone has to have a good idea where higher education became such a negative force in our society.
Conservatives don’t like professors. When conservative Republicans were asked to gauge their feelings about college professors, over half gave a “cold” response, while only 24% were “warm”. I experience that disdain in the comments that conservatives make to my columns, where the word “professor” itself is a taunt, a curse.
Conservatives don’t like the institutions where professors work. A recent Pew poll found that only 29% of conservative Republicans thought that colleges and universities have a positive impact on our country.
Republican politicians encourage these views. Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, was explicit in her condemnation of professors as she was being confirmed: “The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think. They say that if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community.”
At what point will this continue? There are many incidents in history where the first people to be deposed by an authoritarian regime are the educated and community leaders.
Hope do these people hope to gain by demonizing the educated?