By: David J. Smith, July 11, 2017

I’ve blogged (and reposted articles) before about the political and social divide in the U.S. (“College Freshmen: The Most Polarized in 50 Years,” The Atlantic, 5/2; “E pluribus unum: Out of many, one,” 11/8; “Community Colleges and the Fulbright Program: Promoting Global Education in a Divided Nation,” Community College Daily, 11/30; “Getting to ‘E Pluribus Unum: The Need for a National Domestic Exchange Program,” Inside Higher Education, 1/5)  most recently in my blog in Huffington Post “Peace Elitism” on 6/29.

Inside Higher Education reports that Pew Research has found a deep divide in the views of higher education among Americans with only 37% of Republicans feeling that it has a positive impact on U.S. society.   This is a troublesome finding for it has implications for advancing education with audiences in rural parts of the U.S. that might be more politically conservative, and could further divide the educational gulf in the U.S.

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