Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield has called for the end of higher education, which he dismisses as a “liberal breeding ground.” It is a curious view for a politician from a state with world-class universities which fuel the state’s burgeoning high tech industry and bring huge amounts of revenue in the form of tuition, support contracts and tourism. That includes Vanderbilt University, which is viewed as one of the world’s greatest universities. There is also the much beloved University of Tennessee with its statewide supporters of the Volunteers football team.
Roberts was on his conservative radio talk show on Sept. 2. He objected to a witness who supported the right to choose in a hearing, which he attributed to the menace of higher education. He then declared that we need to get rid of higher education to “save America.“
It is a curious position since Roberts is saying that those with a higher education tend not to support his causes. Getting rid of higher education to combat the ideas of opponents is like banning English to silence critics.
Roberts as a B.S. degree from Lipscomb University 1983