All posts tagged: Education

Education: The Foundation of Democracy

by Drew Colvin Freedom from ignorance is essential to the success of any democracy. If we value liberty and the principles of our democratic system, then education must be tasked with supporting the institutions that uphold it. The absence of a well-informed public is the greatest threat to American democracy that far exceeds anything foreign-born. James Madison, Founding Father and the 4th President of the United States, once wrote “Learned Institutions ought to be the favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.” This threat on our liberty is pervasive today as large segments of the population view education and expertise with distrust and outright contempt. A recent report from Pew Research Center shows that the majority of Republicans believe that “colleges and universities have a negative effect on the way things are going in this country.” This sentiment has been developing over years and even decades, but seems to have accelerated with the rise of …