The reason why Republicans are skeptical of higher education is because there is a clear link between education and the more liberal ideologies due to an increase in formalized, fact-based, and societal lessons that the average student receives versus those who did not attend or finish a college education.
You have a cart-horse problem there, of course.
They aren’t skeptical, they are scared.
It’s hard to imagine a comment containing more bias than that. :-)
It’s interesting to note that going back to the founding of the nation, the most educated people in the Colonies came together to write a Constitution that adhered to a set of values that today is called “classical liberalism”, but today, tracks mostly closely to “libertarianism”.
So, education was not always connected with a collectivism, as it is today. It USED to be connected with individualism. The larger question, to me, is why educated people started trusting collectives more than they trust themselves. It’s counterintuitive.