The results of the above poll, commissioned by Yahoo News, shouldn’t surprise anyone, though apparently it surprised Yahoo. The poll, it says, reveals “a deeper and more distressing divide. According to the Yahoo News/YouGov poll, faith in the American Dream — the ideal, embodied by education, that each successive generation will be better off than the one that came before it — is becoming increasingly polarized as well.In other words, Republicans are not only much more likely than Democrats to believe American education is getting worse. They’re also much more likely to believe that American life is getting worse.”
Here are some other “other words”: A frightening number of Democrats believe that American education is good because it indoctrinates the young into leftist belief systems, cant and ideology. They feel life in the U.S. is getting better because more censorship, racial preferences, nanny-state programs, and restrictions on individual rights will be the inevitable result of the Left’s takeover of the entire educational establishment.No one who talks with high school and college students or who tracks the historical and cultural literacy of rising generations can possibly think that our children today are better educated that decades ago, or even adequately educated, unless political and partisan indoctrination is considered an added value. The quality of teachers has declined, largely for reasons that were unavoidable and necessary, like the opening up of career opportunities for women, but the deleterious effect on education can’t be reasonably denied.
The poll itself is a mess, and it is almost impossible to sort out all of the polluting factors. Blacks and Hispanics largely say that education now is better than it was when they were children, because it is better—for blacks and Hispanics. Since these groups tend to call themselves Democrats, the Democratic poll numbers are mixing reactions to to dissimilar conditions. However, the numbers (assuming you accept them—you know, polls) carry one particularly disturbing message. The left side of the political divide increasingly sees the purpose of education not to teach critical thinking and basic skills and knowledge to fuel it, but as a crucial tool in reinforcing government power and control over individual liberty and self-determination.
That is the function of education in totalitarian systems.