Which of these values is important or essential? This was one of the questions in the longest running nationwide US survey of students that started in the 1960s.

Image Source (PDF)

Current Attitudes on Politics: Fall 2008 Source(PDF)

Further Reading:

Website of the Study: The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
The devaluation of reading skills


4 thoughts on “Attitudes on Life and Politics: 35-Year Trends

    1. I don’t know what is the cause of the equilibrium, but it may be an interesting topic of research 🙂

      This is important because Camille Paglia appears to think that in fact the 1979 point is as historically unique as the point where we split the calendar between B.C. and A.D. She writes: “Decade by decade since the 1960s, popular culture, with its stunning commercial success, has gained strength until it now no longer is the brash alternative to organized religion or an effete literary establishment: it is the culture for American students.”

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