Why don’t Wichitans value education?



August 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

When it comes to valuing education, more than three-quarters of Americans say going to college is extremely or very important. But when Wichitans are asked the same question, far fewer — just 54 percent — place the same value on college, the Pew Research Center reports.

That finding struck James Chung, the Harvard-educated economist and Wichita native who has studied his hometown in efforts to ensure its future. “I’ve never been in a city where people are so willing, proactively, to talk negatively about higher education institutions and about higher education in general,” he told the Eagle.

Some Wichitans might not believe the numbers. Others might not think it matters. From my position as president of Friends University, I have to say, respectfully but firmly, that I disagree.

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