Why mistrust of experts spells trouble for higher education - Marylouise Fennell, eCampus News

As someone who has worked in higher education for decades, one aspect of the uproar around the vaccines and the public safety measures has alarmed me: the mistrust of fact-based insight. We live in an era of suspicion and even outright dismissal of experts. Citing a scholar with a PhD or a peer-reviewed study used to be sufficient grounds for your position. Such authoritative sources are now viewed with mistrust or even derision. This has real-world impacts on lives, as individuals believe and propagate misinformation—with devastating effects.


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