Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at the Jewish Leadership Conference in New York City on June 12. His segment was entitled “The Florida Model and Why It’s Good for Religious Americans.” In it, he addressed both his philosophy on education and Florida’s education policies.
The event was hosted by The Tikvah Fund, a self-described philanthropic foundation devoted to “supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State.” The event included a list of speakers including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Yoram Hazony, and Bari Weiss.
Notable moments include when DeSantis talked about teachers loving when parents take an interest in their children’s education because otherwise it is harder to reach kids when the parent is absent.
“The only people who don’t want the parents involved [in their children’s education] are those who fear that parental involvement will impede their design to use the education system for ideological indoctrination.”
DeSantis stressed the importance of education over indoctrination, arguing that when we stick to basic subjects, like science and history, rather than divert our attention toward ideology, we will see the achievement five to 15 years from now when the children are grown up. We need to “stay within the boundaries between education versus indoctrination,” he continued.
“Every parent has a right to send their kid to elementary school without having concepts like woke gender ideology jammed into their curriculum.”
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