Americans’ confidence in universities declines due to political activism on campus – PJ Media

Americans’ confidence in universities declines due to political activism on campus – PJ Media

It is not surprising that Americans are quickly losing faith in the value of higher education as screaming students and protesters riot at colleges and universities in support of terrorists and genocide against Jews.

Go woke, go broke. New polling data shows a more than 20-point drop in the percentage of American adults who have a lot of confidence in higher education. That’s to be expected, given the surge in radical woke activism on campuses across America, as well as the continuing decline in the quality of higher education in general. For many, the sole reason to go to college is to be more marketable—many degrees have little to no intrinsic value on their own.

In 2015, 57 percent of American adults had a lot of confidence in higher education, but now that number is down to 36 percent, according to new polling from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation. Fox News summarized the key points:

Another 32% of respondents indicated that they had some confidence in higher education, and another 32% indicated that they had little or no confidence in such institutions.

The pollsters reported that confidence in higher education has declined over the past two decades among all subgroups of the U.S. population, but the sharpest decline this year was among Republicans. Nine years ago, 56 percent of Republicans had a great deal or quite a bit of confidence in higher education, but today that figure has fallen to 20 percent.

But GOP voters aren’t alone. Trust among independents has fallen from 48% to 35% since 2015, and among Democrats it’s fallen from 68% to 56%.

I was fortunate enough to have an excellent education at a small, private Catholic university. I would argue that this is not necessarily the rule anymore. Of course, it was inevitable that the value of a university education would decline as universities essentially turned into trade schools, a process that has been going on for a long time. And degrees also became absolutely required for many jobs that, to be honest, were better done before a university education was mandatory (such as journalism). Worse than all this was the government involvement and funding of universities, which of course made higher education much more expensive, inefficient, bureaucratic, and leftist.

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Add to that the fact that communists have been infiltrating American educational institutions for at least a century, and the current results may be disturbing, but hardly surprising. Americans are finally waking up to this on a large scale.

From Fox News:

Of those who lack confidence in higher education, the top reason cited was concerns about political agendas at 41%, followed by 37% who said colleges have the wrong focus or aren’t teaching the right things. Another 28% expressed concerns about the cost of college. Only 31% of respondents said higher education is on the right track, while 68% said it’s headed in the wrong direction.

If only parents would put their money where their mouth is and stop spending a fortune sending their kids to woke cesspools of universities. Too often a college degree is just a very expensive certificate of completion of a course in Marxist brainwashing.