Why Do They Hate So?

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.”

Source: Why Conservatives Don’t Like Higher Ed – LA Progressive

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?

12 thoughts on “Why Do They Hate So?

  1. From what I am sensing from chatting with conservatives that a lot of this animosity stems from government controlling public education because public education does not include religious education (or prayers in the classroom).. and the teaching of history, and science, is also largely challenged for its accuracy or perceived liberal bias. As we’ve learned with the new president setting the mood for the country, facts can be interpreted differently and with different conclusions. There’s also this idea that conservatives do acknowledge that not all students learn equally and so why should their child be forced to adjust to these “inferior” students’ abilities. Hence conservatives typically prefer home schooling. There are likely other reasons as well.

    1. Good observation and they seem to forget that damn pesky 1st amendment…..it amazes me to see how some on the Right actually hate those with higher educations.

      Congrats! I see you have John’s fave blogger showing up on FPS…Steve of “Cry and Howl”….you must be doing something right…..LOL chuq

  2. It does seem logical that in a universe where “alternative facts” are accepted at face value by many not well enough educated to fact check before voting, that the only way to justify one’s own lack of knowledge and awareness would be to demonize those who have stayed in school long enough to learn how to explore much of anything in depth. Ignorance is the new black?

    Thanks for the link to the LA Progressive, btw. Interesting article.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  3. Educating the ‘masses’ above their station in life has long been regarded as a folly by the Far Right. If they are taught to expect a better life, then they question the system that operates. You also get less poorly-educated people to do the menial jobs of course, and end up with a working-class population unhappy with its lot, and determined to change the status quo.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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