The Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has scored a fresh win in the war against extreme left-wing bias in publicly funded schools and universities, setting an example that many British conservatives would like to see the UK government follow.
Taking aim at left-wing universities that devour taxpayer funds to indoctrinate youngsters, DeSantis launched a new mandatory survey of academic bias that will measure “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented”.
Colleges which are shown to hold rampant political bias could see their funding hit, with DeSantis saying: “That’s not worth tax dollars and that’s not something that we’re going to be supporting moving forward”.
“It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas” added the accomplished Yale and Harvard graduate. “Unfortunately, now the norm is, these are more intellectually repressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted, and other viewpoints are shunned or even suppressed.”
Allies of DeSantis in the state legislature were even stronger in their comments, with Senate President Wilton Simpson warning that some taxpayer funded universities were turning into “socialism factories”.
The new survey comes in the wake of an update to civics education in the state, which will now also require kids to be taught about the evils of communism.
And the moves all come in the wake of DeSantis’s powerful rebuke of left-wing critical race theory – a recent academic fad that is being forced into school classrooms across the west, with Brighton and Hove Council in the UK recently joining in despite massive public backlash.
“Some of the nonsense that you see in some of these places around the country. I mean, they will attack cops with this type of ideology in schools, and meanwhile, they have like 87% of the kids that aren’t even literate in some of these schools” complained DeSantis. “So it shows you they’re not trying to educate; they’re trying to indoctrinate.”