By Robert A. Vella
In director Mike Judge’s prescient and highly underappreciated 2006 satirical film Idiocracy, society five centuries from now falls into a dismal dystopia as Homo sapiens devolve as a species. The culprits are growing anti-intellectualism, rampant commercialism, the demise of social responsibility, intellectual curiosity, human rights, and impartial standards of justice. Many sociologists and other qualified professionals have observed similar trends in recent years particularly in the U.S. which is now widely perceived as declining in comparison to the rest of the world. A new opinion poll seems to confirm both the trend and the perception.
Most Republicans now believe that colleges and universities have a negative impact on America.
The gap between how Republicans and Democrats view American education systems has grown even wider in recent years, a new study published Monday by the Pew Research Center reveals.
While 72% of Democrats believe that colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country, only 36% of Republicans feel the same way. These numbers stand in contrast to the general population, of which 55% still views university positively.
What strikes me most about this poll is not the views of Republicans, whose ultra-conservatism should be no surprise, but that of Democrats and of the nation as a whole. Not even three-quarters of the political party supposedly representing progressive values believes in higher education? And, barely half the population of the supposedly most advanced country in the world? Good grief! We are in big, big trouble.