DeSantis signed a bill that colleges will be required to hold annual assessments in order to be teaching diversity and to end the leftist agenda, according to The Daily Wire.
“It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas,” DeSantis stated.
“Unfortunately, now the norm is really these are more intellectually repressive environments, you have orthodoxies that are promoted and other viewpoints are shunned, or even suppressed. We don’t want that in Florida, you need to have a true contest of ideas.”
“We obviously want our universities to be focused on critical thinking, academic rigor; we do not want them as basically hotbeds for stale ideology. That’s not worth tax dollars.”
“And that’s not something that we’re going to be supporting, going forward.”
“Two weeks ago, at my direction, the State Board of Education took action to stop Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project curriculum from being a part of our school system,” DeSantis stated.
“We do not want curriculum that is judging students based on their race and we do not want false history, like you see with the 1619 Project.”
“We believe power comes from our Creator to the people, not to the government.”
“We the people create a Constitution with the power, that’s our natural rights.”
“What DeSantis is doing is offering Trumpism without a) Trump himself or b) the crazy conspiracy theories about the 2020 election,” Chris Cillizza said.
“And it appears to be working.”
“He fights all the same fights on issues and on cultural questions that President Trump fought and continues to fight.”
“But he does it without the exhaustion,” Willie Geist stated. “He doesn’t come with all the drama.”
“He checks all the boxes,” Joe Scarborough noted.
“This news about DeSantis is the best news Mitch McConnell has heard.”
“It will be very interesting to watch, Joe, as DeSantis is elevated by the party, whether in public ways or private ways, how Donald Trump takes that news, because he still wants everyone to believe that he is the leader of the party. And he still is, at the moment. And he still wants everyone to believe that he is going to run again in 2024.”
“But as DeSantis’ name comes up again, and again, and again, among Republicans, it feels like a matter of time before Donald Trump turns on him.”
From The Daily Wire:
The goal of House Bill 233, which was signed into law on Tuesday, is to “ensure that Florida’s postsecondary students will be shown diverse ideas and opinions, including those that they may disagree with or find uncomfortable.”
The State Board of Education shall select or create an objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey to be used by each institution which considers the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented and members of the college community, including students, faculty, and staff, feel free to express their beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom. The Board of Governors shall annually compile and publish the assessments by September 1 of each year, beginning on September 1, 2022.
DeSantis repeatedly stressed the importance of intellectual diversity on college campuses and noted that many parents are worried about what will happen to their kids when they enroll in postsecondary education.