We Don’t Need No Education

Okay, here’s a provocative take.  Poll after poll has shown that the base of Donny’s support comes from white people with a high school diploma or less.  Conversely, the higher your level of education, the more likely you are to be voting for Hillary instead of Trump.  What does that say?  What does it mean?

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/college-educated-white-voters-may-decide/492995/

If you have a PHD and I have a high school diploma, that doesn’t necessarily make you smarter than me. It obviously does make you better educated.  It also does not make you right about every issue that we may disagree about.  There are no absolutes.  That’s a one on one situation, however.

If we aggregate the data and it shows overwhelmingly that the higher ones level of education, the more likely one is to vote for candidate A over candidate B, doesn’t that tell us something?  Isn’t that good information to have?  Shouldn’t we want to know what the smartest among us generally think about this election?

Again, this is in no way a put down of any individual and their level of education or their political views.  It’s about putting the data together to see if we can draw a conclusion from it.

One conclusion that I draw is that the Republican party should stop running away from science.  It’s one thing to disagree about taxes or defense plans.  Those are opinions, which we are all entitled to. It’s quite another to deny facts.  Climate change is the easiest example. When so many on the right, including their presidential candidate,  deny scientific facts and call climate change a hoax, the conclusion I draw is that they are driving away many of the “college degree or higher” crowd.  Likewise, when too many republican elected officials deny the scientific facts surrounding evolution and instead choose to believe that the earth is 6000 years old, that’s an automatic dealbreaker for many of us.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control

 

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2 thoughts on “We Don’t Need No Education

  1. They are politicians. They need votes. If you have the scientists I have to take the other guys. If the other guys start believing in science then I guess we have to battle on another front.

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    1. That’s a very cynical take(not saying you’re wrong). I would just like to see us move beyond arguing about established facts and fight about more subjective topics, for the good of the country.

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