Deep Partisan Divide on Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, 7/11

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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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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