Students Optimism vs. Pessimism

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JULY 8, 2021

         AN ECONOMIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE STUDIED THE ATTITUDES OF 1,000 COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM A POLL OF 400,000.

THEY FOUND FEWER THAN HALF BELIEVE THEIR COLLEGE EDUCATION HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PREPARING THEM TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THEY BELIEVE ARE MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE NATION.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES REPORTS THE TWO MEN, JOHN BITZAN AND CLAY ROUTLEDGE, ALSO FOUND THERE IS NOT MUCH PRIDE IN THE UNITED STATES AMONG THESE STUDENTS. THE MAJORITY WHO IDENTIFY AS LIBERAL ARE NOT PROUD TO BE AMERICANS. 73 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO IDENTIFY AS CONSERVATIVE SAY THEY ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS.

IT FIGURES, GIVEN THE LIBERAL AND OFTEN ANTI-AMERICAN ATTITUDES OF MANY PROFESSORS.

MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE SURVEYED DON’T BELIEVE THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. ODDLY ENOUGH, STUDENTS WHO IDENTIFY AS CONSERVATIVE ARE MORE PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR TIME IN COLLEGE AND OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR LIVES AFTER. FOR LIBERAL STUDENTS, THE REVERSE IS TRUE.

IT’S A FASCINATING SURVEY AND IT RAISES A QUESTION MANY ARE ASKING THESE DAYS: IS A COLLEGE EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY AT MORE LIBERAL UNIVERSITIES, WORTH THE MONEY? I’M CAL THOMAS

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