The polarization of Americans falls into several categories. Political beliefs may be associated with geographic location, religion, race, and/or media consumption.
But we are divided along higher education lines. The more educated a person is, the more likely they are to affiliate with the Democratic Party.
As our lives take on different shapes—with different friends and teachers, professional outlets, and social networks—Americans are very different from one another. Perspectives are divided and it becomes difficult to connect, even if we have the same priorities. College attendance predicts diversity.
“You see thought leaders on the right, conservatives like Lewis Powell or economist James Buchanan, arguing that free tuition or low tuition encourages student instability and that we need to change the system so that young people and their families have economic skin in the game.” – Will Bunch, Author.
Listen: Author Will Bunch talks about how education polarizes us.
Winch He is a national opinion columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer. His new book is “After the Falls of the Ivory Tower: How College Shattered the American Dream and Inflated Our Politics — and How to Fix It.” Bunch says that in the 1970s and ’80s, not getting public funding for higher education became an administrative philosophy.
“You see thought leaders on the right, conservatives like Lewis Powell or economist James Buchanan, arguing that free tuition or low tuition is encouraging student instability and we need to change the system so that young people and their families have economic skin in the game,” he says.