Far from “uneducated”

If you watched any of the recent presidential election results, you may have noticed a recurring theme.  As traditionally blue states turned red, a common phrase heard among reporters was that the “uneducated rural community” had made a larger turnout than what was expected.  As a member of the rural community, which is quite educated might I add, I saw a few things wrong with this statement.

First, the political affiliations of a certain group of people should in no way merit the assumption of education, or lack thereof.  In a society that claims to be open to all walks of life and discourages the labeling of cultural groups, I felt that the way rural voters were viewed was quite misguided.

Secondly, the definition of “uneducated” is the lack of education.  Nowhere in that definition do I see that the lack of an Ivy League education or a formal college education counts as “uneducated”.  Education takes place in so many other places besides a classroom.  Early mornings and late nights spent in the barn, long tractor rides through open fields, and a walk through the woods gives you a real life education, and is something no four walls and a desk will ever give.

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Rural life would not be possible for the “uneducated”. For many situations, like pulling a calf in the middle of the night, fixing a tractor in the middle of a field, or simply raising animals and crops, a step by step guide is not provided.  Of course there are words of wisdom that are passed down through generations, but for this generation specifically, rural life requires a vast understanding of science, business management, production efficiency, and technology.

As someone with a degree in agricultural science, I am constantly reminded that it will be this generation’s job to feed the world with less land and with more efficiency than any generation before us.  This isn’t something we take lightly.  This is something we are preparing for, with every ounce of science, technology, and information we can grasp.  But yet, we are the “uneducated” ones.

Well, I have a message for anyone who believes in the phrase that was so overused a night ago.  We are far from “uneducated”.  Rural Americans are the backbone of this country, they are the ones who endure the cold nights, the long summer days, and quite literally put their blood, sweat and tears into their business.   They are people who truly love what they do, and have a deep desire to be successful at it, and that success wouldn’t come without education.

Rural America is a place I am proud to call my home, and is a group that I am proud to be associated with.  So please, before you call us “uneducated”, remember that just because our walls aren’t covered with Ivy League degrees, doesn’t mean that our education means any less.

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454 thoughts on “Far from “uneducated”

  1. I have two degrees but the best education I received was on the ranch. I learned that common sense is much more valuable in this world than any degree a University would ever give to me. To bad those in the cities don’t understand the value of it (a country girl living in the city).

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    • Thank you for bringing that stupid comment up,not only rural America.But All working woman without a degree,that have made a Educated decision to vote for the Presidental elect Trump….fighting to keep God in America and to making America great again

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    • Some of the wisest people I have known, are the ones that live the simple life, getting up with the sun, working hard all their lives, and yet they are viewed as the least important. Yet they know the value of a dollar, why it is important to give a honest days work for a days pay, and they are not the ones out rioting and tearing down, what others have worked for. They know respect, given and received. And most are willing to go that extra step. My area, one got ribs broken by a wayward calf, and was laid up at the time of haying, and stood to lose his winter feed, meaning a major cost to provide food for his animals. His neighbors took time from their haying time, to ensure his work was done. Saw tractors from nearby ranches, pulling up, and the only question asked, was where they needed to get to work. If that is what being uneducated means, then by all means, sign me up. As passing it forward, is a good deed, but these people practice it as a way of life.

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  2. The best degree anyone can have…is the degree of life experiences….and learning how to learn.
    There is nothing wrong with education….it is a valuable tool…but if not combined with common sense
    and the desire to make things better and a strong work ethic…then education is useless and a waste.
    I hold anyone in high regard that can work out a problem whether they have a degree or not and make things better as opposed to getting a PHD and doing nothing with it. This is what makes our country great and will continue to make our country great…People that work hard toward a common goal. Education can be overrated. The spirit of the person…now that’s what matters.

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    • Anyone arrogant and “full-of-themselves” enough, to call the WHOLE community of people, who happen to FARM (… respectable enough in My “book” !) OR simply RESIDE in a rural setting – – anyone so arrogant, as to call the whole ‘lot’ of them “UNEDUCATED” is what I like to call : an “educated FOOL” !! I happen to be “urban” but allot of what I know, I taught my SELF – – by reading allot and studying at the library and LISTENING to my “betters” (so I can learn what THEY know !) and by researching subjects on computer and taking occasional classes (but not necessarily accredited) … I was lucky I got through High School but I test out at a very, very high level in language, reading and writing (not a boast, but … I’m WAY up, in the top percentile, at language skills when tested. WELL ? I DON’T HAVE A DEGREE ! But people tell me I’m rather “insightful”. ( Explain that ! – – It took me “two jumps” to get out of High School !) I’m TEACHABLE (humble enough to be OPEN … to being TAUGHT !) Those pompous folks who referred to “Rurals” as “uneducated” – – NEED ALLOT OF EDUCATING, THEMSELVES ! It’s ignorant to think you are so “ONE-UP” on THAT many people !! (Are you kidding me ? – – “ALL” people, who live in a rural setting, are “uneducated” ?? Yikes ! – – That’s idiocy!)

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      • “Allot” refers to giving or sharing.
        You meant “a lot”.

        I am NOT implying you do not have good language skills. I agree with your post. You communicate very well.

        My issue with some Trump supporters is that they ignored proven facts and then argued when people pointed out that Trump had said something false.

        My principle issue with Donald Trump is his continued vilification of large groups of mostly good people based on the actions of a few badly-behaved people in the group. If he didn’t do that, I’d be less concerned about him. Pray that Pence can stop Trump if he does it again.

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    • 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼thank you! So well said I had factored i thank you! So well !! I wish that the media award show your comment all over the TV cross this great country!

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  3. We did educate ourselves before the elections. We did vote red because we stand for our Constutional righrs, law and the pursuit of happiness. We didn’t vote blue because we want an administration that takes more from us and we get less. We want an administration who will protect us from ISIS, who will and is coming in with the refugee population. We didn’t let the biased media tell us how to vote, we educated ourselves about the corruption.
    If you care about your country, you might learn the facts. Trump can MAGA!

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  4. I didn’t go to college, and I don’t have any degrees, but people don’t know that about me. However, people tell me all the time, that I am very smart. I am a woman, a mother, and I can do anything a man can do, on top of being a little bit of everything for my children, and still have time to look pretty on occasion. I know a lot of people that went to college, but that doesn’t make them any smarter than me. I have not only basic knowledge, but I also have common sense. Which is something that this generation seems to lacking the most. The piece of paper, doesn’t make you smart, it doesn’t make you better than anyone, so classifying us as uneducated is so far from the truth.

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  5. I’m not sure how to design a media wherein the unsophisticated, pseudo ‘intelligent’ are effectively exposed to the ‘right stuff’, with respect to our nation’s history. Someone needs to design a delivery system that works. There is always someone who knows more than the people who actually have been involved – in person!

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  6. Sorry for you, but is a fact. You can complain all you want but it is a fact that Trump’s supporters have much less formal education that Hillary’s. So yes, in all sense of fact you are uneducated.

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    • Hello, thank you for your input. In this post I never divulged the candidate I voted for, so I would rather not get into too much political talk. I myself hold a degree in agricultural science, and consider that to be “educated”. Many other rural Americans are college educated as well, and have the ability to learn real life lessons in the field.

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    • Where are the statistics on how much education each red voter had before they cast their ballot? Strange how you seem so certain of this “fact”, yet you have no data to back it up! Nor will you ever.

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    • We may be un indoctrinated, but not uneducated. But you go ahead and believe what you like if It makes you happy to feel you are above others.

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    • Truly education is not always garnered from a book or from within four walls. I have a master’s degree at life which comes from my survival. I would live to challenge your “educated” self to figure out how to rise up from the ghetto to achieving. a position of Vice President of a billion dollar corporation.
      What your education seems to have failed to teach you is graciousness. You sir are condescending and rude.

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    • How incredibly rude and arrogant of you! Wait and see … the demographics are not all in yet!
      I know of many, many well educated people just like myself who voted for Trump. And just like our rural fellow Americans, we possessed the good sense to do our own research and thinking!
      There is a very real danger in making assumptions!
      Oh, and by the way, they are also women!
      One more “deplorable” who happens to be a female, retired teacher with a Master’s degree in Education and Administration as well as over 50 hours of additional college credits.

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    • Alex…. Having less formal education does not make them uneducated. Evidently that formal education you have lacked in a good deal of common sense teachings. Your statement and support of that woman make my point for me… BTW I have an MS, BA, and an AA… care to call me uneducated?

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    • Apparently no one explained to you, B. Alex, how definition, grammar, and syntax work — “uneducated” and “less educated” are not synonymous. (That’s a word that means “they mean the same thing” — I feel it necessary to explain that to you since, while you may be “educated,” clearly you are not very intelligent.)

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    • And in all my years as not only a member of a rural farm family, but also a health care professional, the very highly educated often lacked one thing… COMMON SENSE!

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    • B. Alex. You are being very naive and have probably never been outside of the North East or some other metro area. I am from the North East and likely have more college degrees than you do from a major Ivy League University. You assessment of uneducated is very misguided. You think people from the Mid West are uneducated. How about all the inner city voters that Hillary depended on who do not even have a High School GED. Inner city graduation rates are about 50% and the prey of the Democratic Party. I voted buy write in and for neither of the majors. Folks like you are bigots and need to expand your experiences.

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    • Having less “formal education” doesn’t make someone “uneducated.” It means they have less “formal education.” Anyone with a brain can research a candidate and determine if that candidate is the right choice for them. Just as someone with a formal education can choose not to research a candidate and simply decide without merit that a candidate is the right choice for them. Information is so readily available to humans, “formal education” doesn’t prohibit a person from conducting research…”formal education” or not.

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    • Wrong my dear. I have a two yr college degree in Business Admin., Militray Law Enforcement Expreience, a sister with a BA in Accounting who owns her firm, her daughter, my Niece, is a Proffesor with a PHD, her son is a Navy Officer, with a degree in Engineering. Your ignorance astounds me. We all voted for President Elect Donald Trump. Highly educated voters. You would be wise to use the word undereducated in the future, but that might be untrue also. But attempting to reason with some people is like giving medicine to the dead. Wise up!

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    • Mm-hmm, and all those college graduates have pieces of paper that typically name a field that is pretty useless once they leave their liberal-infusing professors’ Saul Alinsky-esque indoctrinations. And they paid some big bucks for it, too, which is kind of entertaining to us ‘uneducated deplorables’, not to mention just plain stupid. I spent almost two years at university before I realized the truth of all the liberal ideology they were spewing was very directly at odds with my ‘rural’ upbringing. So all those ‘college educated’ Hillary supporters that you’re so proud of are just sheeple who want socialism to promote globalism, which will lead to failure. It’s been tried before and failed and history has told us this. But ‘educated’ people don’t seem to pay much attention to history, which repeats itself. Over and over again. Whenever will you all get it?

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    • Do you have facts to back up your statement? So how do you think that a formal education would have made less Trump supporters? Do you think they didn’t have the ability to understand what Clinton was saying? Do you think they couldn’t read? Has nothing to do with education. People in middle America are tired of being overlooked. People in Michigan who typically vote blue went red. These are people that lost their jobs when the economy failed. Clinton didn’t even reach out to them. They were completely ignored. Detroit is a shambles! In the 8 years Obama has been in office, he has done nothing for the people of Michigan or any of the other working class states that went red. Obama has created this divide in our country. He has focused on all the liberal agenda. Gay rights, abortion rights and all the other rights while ignoring the middle class. I don’t give one iota if you marry a guy, girl, bridges, animals. I don’t care who’s in the bathroom. If you want to have an abortion and kill your child, it’s not me that has to live with that. The people that voted for Trump are tired of being ignored and condescended to! No, it’s not because Trump supporters were uneducated as to why he won, it is because Hilary was under educated about the people of America.

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    • Uneducated and no higher levels of formal education are not synonymous. This erroneous belief that those who did not attain a higher degree are somehow inferior and have no innate intelligence is demeaning and divisive. Many with this view may have scholastic knowledge, but no practical knowledge. Lack of a formal degree does not mean that person is ignorant or incapable of deductive reasoning. Most of these people have more ingenuity and integrity than most of the cosmopolitan population.

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    • Funny, B. Alex, I was born and raised in rural America, and live in rural America still. I was college educated in urban America and now work in urban America. I support Trump. I am also a healthcare worker and a small business owner. I’m not uneducated in any sense of the word, but could not morally vote for Hillary. She’s not for small town or small business America, both of which make up most of America. I’d love to see the stats to back up the “fact” that more Hillary voters were formally educated. Also, I grew up and still live in a farming town. Those”uneducated” people have knowledge that you would never be taught at a University. Most of the farmers I’ve known my whole life also have college educations. Many have Agriculture Science degrees, Poultry Science degrees, Business degrees, Horticulture degrees, etc. don’t make assumptions that you can’t back up.

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  7. I have two degrees in engineering, the first in Agricultural Engineering and the Masters in Civil Engineering and still own part of the family farm I grew up on. If you are of an agricultural family you have always known the farm is a very comfortable life, full of the enjoyable things of community and nature.
    What’s probably the hardest for outsiders to understand is that we of the rural persuasion have always been pretty much up to speed with the world in general, and in some areas we’ve been ahead of the curve!
    We’ve had industries furnishing good, new designs and methods in grain and livestock production and have ‘fed the public’ for all the years since our nation was put together.
    The country is changed, with amazing mechanized systems, ingenious communications, the dramatic improvements in animal husbandry and crop science. My father, one uncle and I used to go out with three tractor and planter sets and finish planting, maybe, 40 acres in a good long morning. Now, the young man who farms the land I own, goes out by himself and gets three times that many acres in half a morning! And the same change has been observed in harvest efficiency, fertilizer and weed control.
    The ‘down side’ of all the progress is that the population portion assigned to agricullture is shrinking drastially – they will soon have less voice in the governing of their part of America than most any other minority – and the people who will be their governing body will have no business trying to make the right decisions for a farm or agriculture. They’ll specialize in decisions which benefit other industries – to the point that agriculture will decline continuously if it is not rescued by congress.

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  8. I would add that it takes training equivalent to a degree to properly operate the highly technical farm equipment we use. From the most advanced GPS systems in the world guiding our nearly million dollar combines, to the offsite precipitation monitoring systems that are linked to our laptops that are now a farmers standard tool.

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  9. I’ve noticed another common misconception: mainstream media infers that education equals intelligence. Higher (scholastic) education, in my experience (and I’ve been around awhile) does not necessarily equal high intelligence, nor does it guarantee any kind of advanced reasoning or decision-making skills.

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  10. I worked for a bunch of PhDs at a university as the staff person. Many times I felt belittled in subtle ways. I have an associate’s degree in pre-nursing. I was teased because I was a Republican amoung a bunch of Democrats. I learned ASL when I was 50 to see if I could learn a second language, took 3 semesters and aced all three. I was raised on a small farm in MO. Love rural America. I. Aye not have completed a degree, but I am far from uneducated at age 69.

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  11. preach it sister, I agree that we are getting a wrong image projected as to what country, non-urban, people are…hopefully we can set the record straight!

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  12. I do have a degree in Accounting, but did not get the degree until my body would not allow me to keep farming. I do sit at a desk now, but I truly miss working the land and with the animals. I never thought of myself as ‘uneducated’ before I got my degree. Some the best lessons I ever learned were on the farm learning from experience. I live in the Midwest and I did take offense with the comments by the reporters during election coverage.

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  13. Your post was terrific. As a farm raised kid of many generations of farmers, I am heart and soul a farmer. My father with an eighth grade education was one of the smartest men I ever knew, and a great farmer, with help of my mother. For all the hardworking fatmers out there, some people need to remember where their dinner comes from!

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  14. I have received a vast quantity of education in spite of the fact that a college education was not a part of it. I will never think less of myself because I have no diploma.

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  15. It’s not that rural people are intelligent or don’t actively learn on a daily basis from their way of living. *Sigh* It’s the fact that by not going to a place where you are exposed to new ideologies, you limit your access to the experiences and discussions that can help broaden your interpretation for what it means to be a citizen in this country. I’m sorry, but at what point — while plowing fields, managing your cattle, monitoring the produce market, planning harvests, and walking through woods (which is all very important work, yes) — at what point will you ever learn about what it’s like to be a single black mother in an urban neighborhood? When will you meet people who have immigrated to the U.S. to escape oppression and hear their story? When will you be required to actively sit and listen, and internalize the stories of millions of other people who do not share your lifestyle, your responsibilities or privileges, and instead deal with a lot more discrimination, direct hatred, dire poverty, etc? How often do rural life and rural careers necessitate introspection into what it means to not have a family that supports your sexuality? Or how about people who have been historically driven from their land, perpetually have no access to healthcare, and are exploited by those with Christian faith?
    I’m saying that if you continually surround yourself with the people who live the same way, have the same ideas and beliefs, and follow the same daily activities, then the margin of growth for your understanding of the world around you becomes very narrow. And *that’s* the argument here. Rural people *are* intelligent. Very. I know because *I’m also* the product of one of the most isolated, po-dunk rural towns in the face of the Western hemisphere (#TruthorConsequencesNM). I had a great education and consider myself to be an intelligent woman, regardless of my tiny-town uprbringing. But you can’t deny that many rural areas are islands of ideology with very little, if any, new discussions circulating through them. They are suffocatingly stagnant and perpetually unchanging — a blessing, and a burden. For this reason, rural people deserve, and have a very deep need to pursue higher educations and I hope that they do for the sake of becoming more well-rounded, broader-thinking people. And I believe that *this* is what college education is supposed to bring. A special environment in which to interact with people from entirely different walks of life as you, so you can learn about it, appreciate it, and above all respect and support it.

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    • Hi there, and thank you for your input. As someone who has grown up in a small farming town and has pursued a college degree, I can assure you that I have had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures, lifestyles and people, both at home and in college. What many people don’t realize is that we really do love learning from our consumers and all the different ideologies they bring to the table, and though we are stuck in the fields sometimes, the majority of us still do make an effort to get out and interact. Just this past year, I met a man from Saudi Arabia, a couple from France, many women and young people from the inner-city, and the list goes on. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from them, just as I hope they enjoyed learning about agriculture. I hope that you will have the opportunity to have positive interactions in the future, and I hope this was one of them. The agricultural community deals with their fair share of scrutiny, so I can somewhat relate to how being under the microscope feels. Once again, thank you for your input, I thank you and respect your opinion.

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    • Very well said! I am from one of those deep red counties as well, went away to college and the pursuit of my career took me to a major metropolis. In the country you might “meet some people from the inner city once” and have an hour long conversation with them but in no way will that brief encounter give you an understanding of their life’s struggles. You might “meet” someone who was a refugee but you will never have the experience of working next to someone for 2 years, getting to know them and then one day, when they have become comfortable enough to share their story, tell you about their horrific childhood, escaping from one country to the next until they were finally able to find peace and safety in our great country. When you actually care about a person that is not like you, it changes everything and you want to fight to ensure they have rights as well.
      Going to college pulls people out of the country. Pursuing the careers they studied for all those years prevents them from going back for the most part and the major metropolis, where most of the college degrees end up, tend to vote blue.
      Like you said, it is not about intelligence. It is all about exposure, and long exposure to people of different races, religions, sexual preference and backgrounds that changes a person.

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    • It seems rather arrogant to think that anyone living in rural America would not travel to other countries, or mingle with people from other races, or social class. Isnt this the same attitude that we are fighting against? Stereotypical ideas about race, gender or class? I grew up in “po-dunk” Southern America and now live in the big city, work with educated people, lived overseas for a number of years. This did not change my values. I was not raised to be racist or biased. I was raised to help my fellow man. I was raised to have compassion on the hurting and broken and to help any way I could. So to say that all or even part of rural America is uneducated and sheltered, seems rather narrow minded and that same attitude has caused the division we see today. Just like Rodney King said, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

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    • Another Voice – this was well-said -thank you for bringing balance to this discussion. I think there is a false equivalency in this blog post. The media did not call rural voters uneducated – they simply stated the facts: many voters are not college-educated. These two groups – college-educated & non-college educated voters often vote differently. The media reports this. End of story.

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  16. Education, by itself, doesnt make angels of people. The Christian apologist, CS Lesis, commented that, “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil”.
    Our values will determine what we do with our education.

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  17. I feel like there’s one failed distinction here: college teaches research no matter what you major in, a farm doesn’t teach you to search for facts and cross-reference sources. It doesn’t require a deep knowledge of history, chemistry, biology, politics, philosophy, literature. It requires a good work ethic. Farming makes you a person who knows the value of a hard day’s work, but it doesn’t teach you about what policies tend to raise the GDP or what policies will lower the crime rate, reduce the deficit, combat poverty, and so on. That comes from research, something every college major will teach you. I cross-referenced Trump multiple times and he does not hold up to scrutiny. His defense against this scrutiny was to say that all the media was biased, and the system was rigged. I’ve seen politifact dismissed as a liberal media source despite the fact that the lowest rated organization is Occupy Democrats. The lowest rated person is Trump. Ever.

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    • Hello Alexander, thank you for your input. As an alum from The Ohio State University, I have to disagree with your statement. I raise cattle with my family, and yes, it does require a strong work ethic, but it also requires a deep understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, biology, and the chemistry that holds it all together. And as for policies and research, I have gained a great understanding of each throughout my college career and throughout my career on the farm. Research is essential to improving the agricultural life, and policies impact our daily business, agricultural related or not. We are just as capable of educating ourselves on important issues in this country, and we do so, but many people tend to believe that we do not. And this post was not intended to focus on Mr. Trump and his policies. I do not feel it is any of my business to know how people voted, and so I will leave it at that. Thank you for your input.

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    • As an educator in a public school, I must add that all people who graduate from college do not possess research skills in even half of the fields that you mentioned. While you may have had a quality research based education, that does not mean that every college degree toting American does. Maybe you aren’t to try going back and studying who voted and the first years of our American history. It certainly was not all educated white man. As a matter fact our country was made up of a majority of farmers that we’re not educated with a college degree, but they were landowners and tax payers so they did in fact get to vote. And of the elect Torel college built into our constitution was supposed to take care of the fact that there may not of been educated voters. Of course back in the early years of our country, it was difficult to find information about those that were running for office. Hence, the idea of the electoral college in case people cannot cast a vote in an educated way the electoral college was put in place.

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    • Alex , I read your post . Its very interesting that you seem to well versed in some aspects of higher education. What’s plain to see is you are not very educated in anything except what is commonly referred to as EBA, ie ,educated beyond ability. I am one of those ole country boys has spent more time on a tractor than I ever thought I would. As far as my formal education, let’s just say its easy to say that I know there a lot of people with more frames on the wall than I . Did any of your teachers that taught research explain before you place your bets maybe you research where you got your info. Now one more thing, the last time I checked its very hard to find a school of higher learning that teaches a course in Common Sense. By the way who got this country in the mess its in now? Yep, highly educated that missed the common sense course

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  18. Thank you for sharing this. It is unfortunate that, in a world where individual perspectives can be so easily shared, we rely instead on sensationalistic and overly generalized stories in our own chambers of media. It does nothing to help understanding, in either direction.

    We can all change that. one conversation at a time. If you are interested in doing so, please feel free to reach out.

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  19. As a Midwestern farm boy by birth, I feel as though I need to chime in. The greatest lessons I have learned in my life have been from those who are perceived by “the educated” to be no nothing’s. Standing in between the unemployment line and a comfortable existence is a brave few that are willing to be dashed against the rocks of society and come back, re energized, and do it again. I have said my entire life that I have learned the most from those who some say know the least. Learning is acquired from a desire to. Lots of places to find it. If you want to. The busted knuckles and broken hearts attest to it. My family was not one of formal education, that being said, I was taught that first impressions were everything. It sets the tone. So grammar, proper phrasing, and spelling are expected. What school teaches this now? Family farms in this country have been the rigid spine that has held this country upright and proud. It wasn’t built at Harvard or MIT. It was built by us.

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    • I think it takes family farms and colleges and doctors and social workers and many more all working very hard to make our country a good place for everyone. Listening to each other no matter our political stripes is important. RESPECT is critical and I see so little of that in the daily discourse that goes on.

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  20. Farmer gets leg stuck in his plough… I guess we don’t need educated rural medical people…. no the farmer can take care of everything.
    Don’t take a broad brush and paint rural America all about Mr Farmer.

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    • Hello Edward, thank you for your input. I apologize that it may have come across that way, but rest assured it was not meant to. I am well aware that there are many walks of life that make up the rural community, and I thank you for your part in it. This post was simply focused on farming because that is what I have the most experience in. Once again, thank you for your input.

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  21. I heard the “rural” vote recently, but I did not hear “uneducated.” We rural folk might enjoy hunting, growing our own vegetables, and canning and freezing what we have proudly grown, but we are not uneducated. As a matter of fact, we love our “rural” life.

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  22. Thank you for one of the best explanations/ rebuttals on these election results to the media that I have seen! I too was lumped into their judgmental and harsh categorizing of Anericans who voted for Trump. I too felt the harshness of being called UNeducated over and over and over since last Tuesday. I do have a college degree, although not from an Ivy League school, and I teach children in a public school, I live in rural America, a small town. If the roles were reversed the media would never allow those of us that are being judged to judge other Americans that way. Your words are so well written and I think express the sentiments of so many people who voted on Tuesday night and are being ripped to shreds by the media and other Americans with little experience in life. For the group of protesters and the media who think that people that vote for Trump are so harsh and judgmental, I would have to say the opposite it is true here. The continual shaming I thought would stop after the election. Do they not realize that millions of people that voted for Trump cannot and should not be categorized into their one “basket of deplorable’s”, or uneducated white people. It certainly feels like the pot calling the kettle black. And back to your well written article, I agree with you 100% that education happens inside and outside of the classroom walls! Thank you so much for giving a voice to those of us that are being shamed all over this country by the media and the deplorable people who are protesting. Each and every American has the right to vote, but that does not mean that who you vote for will come out as the winner. It just feels like the protesters are in fact protesting the right to vote because they don’t agree with who won! It is too bad that those people protesting cannot come and do some hard work outdoors on a farm and work out some of their aggression and harsh feelings rather than breaking windows and starting fires and other riotous acts.

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  23. i have a degree that I earned after my last child was in high school. This did not make me any better than anyone else. I learned more about the way to treat people and accept other peoples views, whether I had a different opinion or not. A degree does not make you a superior person, as, we have all worked hard to achieve a good live for ourselves and family. I was brought up to value and respect everyone and have tried to convey that to my family. The hard working people and farmers of our country are what we are made of, and, deserve our respect, and, thanks for what they have done for us and will be called upon to continue. My parents emigrated from Scotland to Canada and would have been some of those that the media and others have labelled uneducated. My father was going to school to earn his high school diploma at the same time my oldest brother was earning his!. They provided a better life for me and my siblings thru hard work and instilled in us to do the same. You in the media have a lot to learn from the people you label as uneducated and who pay your salary thru their taxes.

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  24. I also don’t think that a degree necessarily means you are educated. But I do feel that life experience beyond your own little bubble is true education. Your day to day life in your own community only shows you a pinhole’s view of the world. You don’t see the difficulty in living in another’s shoes. Being discriminated against because of your race, sex, sex identity, etc. Also – please remember that this magic moment of time where America was “great” was far from great for so many people. As a woman I thank God I wasn’t born 50 yrs ago. Thank god I have rights and freedoms that would never be dreamed of back then. Never mind what is what like for minorities. You feel ignored now? Well, welcome to what everyone else was feeing already.
    Now putting this back on myself – I have learned that I need to learn more about the rural experience – and I will be working on that. We all need to step out of our protected little lives where everyone thinks as we do. Where everyone sees the “other” as stereotyped cartoon characters. I own the fact that I’ve done that with every group but the rural community. I have a project now. I would like to see this go both ways though. Don’t believe that all urban communities are full of pompous over-educated snobs who whine when their feelings are hurt. Get out there and learn. We ALL need to do this if we are going to move forward together.

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  25. I’ve seen Drs., Lawyers and Judges leave their practice just to become a rancher or farmer. There are many highly educated people who chose to live in rural areas and work from home or drive to their office in the big city. The reporters are wrong.

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  26. Hmmm….I don’t recall hearing the media call rural voters uneducated. I do recall hearing media referring to college-educated voters and non-college educated voters. I agree that people can definitely be educated without having a college degree – this goes without saying! I grew up in a rural area and know that you can’t and shouldn’t generalize about people based on where they live, or how many college degrees they have. However, I would definitely say that college, and/or travel – especially travel to a country where you don’t speak the language – and/or moving to a place where the culture and environment are different from the one you grew up – with is mind-expanding. It has great value.

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  27. I’ve never considered myself a “liberal.” Would you take comments from a left leaning Moderate? I did get a Bachelor of Arts degree and taught Experiential Education for 25 years so, I’m with you, there’s more to education than listening to people talk. Pulling a calf or climbing a mountain have lessons not many Americans experience. I still love to pick the brains of the ranchers in Montana where I love to hunt as well as those growing crops and beef in my home state of Minnesota. Even one of my professors at the U of M in Fisheries Biology told us he can often learn more from interviewing the aged anglers along the shoreline than he might with all of his test nets and water quality equipment. So, the word uneducated is unlikely to be defined here by us, but ignoring things that have been scientifically proven to be true is where We must draw the line. There’s more to a successful society than science but, it’s a good start. Be careful of Politicians , businessmen, lawyers, scammers and the like that have to be watched for a hidden agenda. Stay informed of the facts! If you believe what you’ve learned about plant science while getting you’re Ag degree, then you should have no trouble accepting the scientists whom are experts not in genetics, botany or entomology but in CLIMATE, know what they are talking about too. Denying global warming is comparable to misinforming a lay person about how those pesky corn borers die eating genetically modified tissue designed to mimic Bacillus_thuringiensis. It’s a fact, no confusion, and we are feeding the planet because of it. If people consider their education limited to watching Fox News at night, I’m sorry but you have to do a little more homework than that. They as well as other news agencies are not enough to insure a well educated public.

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  28. Great read. I cannot stand the generalization that rural America is “uneducated” or that all Trump voters are uneducated. I come from a rural town, but I went to college in a huge city where I obtained my doctorate, along with many life-changing experiences. Despite my many years of formal education in the big city, I remain conservative in my political beliefs. Believe it or not, it really is entirely possible to be highly educated AND conservative.

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  29. I’ve never considered myself a “liberal.” Would you take comments from a left leaning Moderate? I did get a Bachelor of Arts degree and taught Experiential Education for 25 years so, I’m with you, there’s more to education than listening to people talk. Pulling a calf or climbing a mountain have lessons not many Americans experience. I still love to pick the brains of the ranchers in Montana where I love to hunt as well as those growing crops and beef in my home state of Minnesota. Even one of my professors at the U of M in Fisheries Biology told us he can often learn more from interviewing the aged anglers along the shoreline than he might with all of his test nets and water quality equipment. So, the word uneducated is unlikely to be defined here by us, but ignoring things that have been scientifically proven to be true is where We must draw the line. There’s more to a successful society than science but, it’s a good start. Be careful of Politicians , businessmen, lawyers, scammers and the like that have to be watched for a hidden agenda. Stay informed of the facts! If you believe what you’ve learned about plant science while getting you’re Ag degree, then you should have no trouble accepting the scientists whom are experts not in genetics, botany or entomology but in CLIMATE, know what they are talking about too. Denying global warming is comparable to misinforming a lay person about how those pesky corn borers die eating genetically modified tissue designed to mimic Bacillus_thuringiensis. It’s a fact, no confusion, and we are feeding the planet because of it. If people consider their education limited to watching Fox News at night, I’m sorry but you have to do a little more homework than that. They as well as other news agencies are not enough to insure a well educated public.

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  30. Great comments! But remember, we are “deplorable” therefore we must be uneducated. We live in the several thousand counties and parishes of this country where “their” food, fuel, water, power and most every essential “thing” needed to live comes from. They of the several hundred counties, who assume they are more educated, enlightened and entitled saddle us with laws and regulations that stifle our farms, ranches and businesses to the point we are unable to function. Thanks to all who rose up and smote that political Goliath.

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  31. It’s easier for them to make us into a straw man and then kick it over. They have no real interest in asking themselves hard questions about why they lost.

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  32. I have a whopping 29 hours of college. But I run a multimillion dollar business that makes a good living for my family and the 23 others we employee. I don’t begrudge anyone whatever education level they seek, but I do think it is ridiculous to be $50k, $100k or more in debt for a degree that gets you a $30,000 a year job. And I was fortunate to not get the indoctrination that many of the educated receive.

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  33. Unfortunately everyone believes that rural USA is only farmers and ranchers. Rural USA is everyone who lives in areas not densely populated. There jobs are varied as night from day but all serve an integral part of this country’s backbone. Some examples are as follows; Railroad & Trucking personnel, without them no transportation of goods to market. Oilfield and Refinery personnel, without them no fuel or lubrication for any equipment, not counting hundreds of products used all over the world. Fireman, Policeman, without them protection of our society would not exist. Hospital personnel, could not live without them anywhere. Retail & Service personnel, products we all need every day. No further detail is needed. Finally I believe rural USA is probably more of a state of mind than where you live.

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    • Hello Ted, and thank you for your input. I realize that there are so many facets of life that make up rural America, I was simply using the farming lifestyle because that is what I am most experienced in. By no means did I mean to insult you, but thank you for your contribution.

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