The election of Donald Trump has a lot of people evaluating ‘how we got here.’ Some folks say the main factor is a lack of education, or proper education.
Let’s look to countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland who spend some of the most money on education as a percentage of their gross domestic product, according to the World Bank. These Scandinavian nations all ranked in the top third of Best Countries by Education, generally outperforming Asian nations. (Source) We can take what works and improve on the rest. These countries, not coincidentally, also rank among the top 10 places for quality of life for all it’s citizens.
The conspiracy lover in me thinks that the defunding methodically, over the last 20 years of public education and demonizing the educated has been a slow and deliberate plan to make the electorate ignorant, uniformed and susceptible to believing just about anything. It is much easier to rule an uneducated population. H.G. Wells was not wrong when he created the Eloi. All you need is to scare them enough and they will pretty much do whatever you tell them.
The Eloi are a group of childlike people in The Time Machine. Again, the assumption is that Trump voters are uneducated and easily manipulated dunderheads.
This election is a wake up call for all of us. Once the protesting and fervor dies down, I hope we will all get to the hard work of fixing what lead us here. [I agree for totally different reasons. – Dave]
Read this article by Nate Silver: LINK
The Nate Silver link takes you to an article about the differences in voting patterns based upon college education. The Democrats are thinking — but not saying aloud — that high school educated folks are so dumb that they fell for Trump’s lies. The Republicans I know figure FINALLY, the blue collar voter caught onto the fact that Democrats are not looking out for their best interests.
A 2013 CBS News report makes me think Chappy’s statistics are a bit off:
The United States spent more than $11,000 per elementary student in 2010 and more than $12,000 per high school student. When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent $15,171 on each young person in the system — more than any other nation covered in the report. -snip-
As a share of its economy, the United States spent more than the average country in the survey.
If the American voter is so dim that high school graduates cannot make critical decisions for themselves…then the school system is just one cause. Don’t blame people who won’t throw more money at a broken system.
So many things have not been going right for so long, that eventually something dramatic needed to be done.
By the way, those folks with college educations but who still voted for Hillary Clinton. Man. That’s stupid of a different kind.