It’s not a real group, but the concept works for me. Following the GOP loss of the White House, it looked as though the “new” Republican Party would soften its stance on severe educational reform for institutions of higher learning. Conservatives swore they were going to change their ways. They needed to appeal to women and students, attract some of the people who voted for Barack Obama. Guess what? No change.
“The GOP is still pushing state lawmakers, you know, states’ rights supporters, to dismantle public university and college programs. The right-wingers oppose what they call “elite liberal arts” studies.
Conclusive proof comes from Republican Governor, Pat McCrory, in office for less than a month, ambushed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during a radio interview with die-hard conservative, Bill Bennett. McCrory said:
I think some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we are offering courses that have no chance of getting people jobs... If someone wants to take a course such as ‘gender studies,’ go to a private school and take it.
McCrory is drafting legislation that would change funding for universities and community colleges. He feels too many females are using financing that should go to unemployed men who might benefit from Vocational Ed, i.e., mechanics and welders (manly jobs for manly men).
The swift response to this primitive thinking came from UNC President Tom Ross,
Our campuses are committed to academic quality and to graduating students who are adaptable, creative, innovative, and equipped to succeed in the workforce....
UNC alums and other educators are pissed. They are slamming McCrory’s understanding of fundamental education as intellectually backwards.
Truth be told, UNC isn’t the only system under siege. Gov. Rick Perry is trying to dumb down public educational institutions in Texas with the help of his hand-picked regents who hold an anti-intellectual stance and a predisposition to a factory/trade school mentality. Reportedly, the same kind of right-wing backlash is underway in Florida and Wisconsin. Both of those states are headed by Tea Party darlings, Rick Scott and Scott Walker.
It appears the GOPs new M.O. is the same old M.O. They are blitzing the intelligentsia, torpedoing political resistance, devaluing women and propping up low-information zombies who will vote in the interests of billionaire geezers.