I happened upon a story at Democratic Underground, a website I found during the recent KOS blackout. One in four high school seniors are ruling out applying to colleges and universities in states due to political concerns.
a new study from the Art & Science Group, being released today, found that nearly one in four high school seniors “ruled out institutions solely due to the politics, policies, or legal situation in the state” where the college was located. Further, the study found that “this behavior was statistically true across liberals, moderates and conservatives.”
91% of Florida high school students planning to seek higher education disagreed with the various restrictive policies proposed or implemented by their state and an astounding ONE in EIGHT said they wouldn’t attend a university or college in Florida.
The top reasons cited by liberals for eliminating a college from consideration were location in a state that was “too Republican,” too conservative on abortion laws, that showed a lack of concern on racial equity, too conservative on LGBTQ laws, too easy to get a gun and showed an inadequate focus on mental health
“I can’t go to school in Texas because if I get pregnant I may die” was a reply in the Tw thread about this:
And...if you say “Big deal, they’ll go home after they finish school.”, you’re wrong. Half of all college graduates live within 200 miles of their alma mater, and 4 in 10 live within 50 miles — I’m one of them. A comment was made in the same Democratic Underground story that red states won’t care until sought after athletes refuse to attend their schools — and loudly say that their policies are why they won’t pick them.
We are at the beginning of a hyperpolarized brain drain, folks. Good luck!
EDIT: I thought of a visual allegory that might help illustrate what this once meant for real: