Dr. Old Bill Posted November 9, 2016 Share Posted November 9, 2016 I'm really loath to talk politics on forums etc., but in light of Trump's largely unexpected victory, I think it's perfectly relevant to ask: what does this mean for us as applicants? And what does it mean for us as future English scholars? These questions are only partially related, of course. The first one addresses whether or not a Trump presidency will have programs pre-emptively reducing the number of applicants they accept in anticipation of major cutbacks to education. There are thousands of similar concerns people will be raising in the coming days and weeks, but since this one affects us directly, I'm curious to hear your thoughts. My second question is broader, and speaks to the fact (and it really is a fact) that this election was primarily won by the sheer number of white Americans with limited education coming out to vote. In a very real way, Trump's win was about appealing to the masses who have either had limited access to, or a pronounced disdain for higher education. It's impossible to know what is going to happen over the next four years, but how do we persist in the face of a majority that undervalues education? I recognize that these questions are both speculative and political, but they're also legitimate. I won't claim to be non-partisan, but I hope that regardless of political persuasion, discussion in this thread will at least be civil and slightly academic. I'm guessing most of us are really hurting right now, but we might as well start giving some serious thought to how this is going to affect us in the near- and long-term. sgc001 and anxiousphd 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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