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Paul Krugman: Ignorance Is Strength

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Students holding placards try to attract other students to their cause during a protest at the California State University of Los Angeles campus on March 6, 2012 in California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Students holding placards try to attract other students to their cause during a protest at the California State University of Los Angeles campus on March 6, 2012 in California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

One way in which Americans have always been exceptional has been in our support for education. First we took the lead in universal primary education; then the "high school movement" made us the first nation to embrace widespread secondary education. And after World War II, public support, including the G.I. Bill and a huge expansion of public universities, helped large numbers of Americans to get college degrees.

But now one of our two major political parties has taken a hard right turn against education, or at least against education that working Americans can afford.

Read the whole story at The New York Times