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Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature are worried that the state’s colleges and universities are hotbeds of socialism, so they passed a bill to survey students and faculty about their beliefs. They worry that there is a lack of “intellectual diversity” on the state’s campuses.
What next? Loyalty oaths?
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.”
The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill.
The measure, which goes into effect July 1, does not specify what will be done with the survey results. But DeSantis and Sen. Ray Rodrigues, the sponsor of the bill, suggested on Tuesday that budget cuts could be looming if universities and colleges are found to be “indoctrinating” students.
Governor DeSantis has a peculiar notion of “intellectual diversity.” Only two weeks ago, at his urging, the state board of education placed limits on what may be taught about racism in the schools, specifically banning “critical race theory” and The 1619 Project.