DeSantis: The purpose of education is to educate, not to “indoctrinate” children

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Governor Ron DeSantis spoke about how important it is for parents to stand up for their educational rights, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve seen over the last few years in our country how important politics is, both good and very bad,” DeSantis said at a Friday Heritage Foundation event in Orlando. “There may not be an area where the contrast between a free state like Florida and some of the lockdown states was [bigger] than on education during COVID.

The event included the unveiling of the “Educational Freedom Reportwhich ranked Florida as the freest state in the country. (The Daily Signal is the medium of the Heritage Foundation.)

“We are not going to let fear guide policy-making,” he added. “We’re going to make sure we’re here to support the well-being of our children and also to support families all across Florida.”

The governor also explained how his plans to give parents more rights in their children’s education have led to clashes with leftist groups. DeSantis highlighted his state’s work on the “parental rights in education” bill and curriculum transparency bills.

The “Parental Rights in Education” legislation has often been called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics and the corporate media.

“The purpose of our school system is to educate children, not indoctrinate children,” DeSantis said. “You are not twisting American history to try to advance your current ideological agenda.”

DeSantis also said his administration is putting more emphasis on teaching American civics.

“As [we] struggle with things like [critical race theory]…we have placed a renewed emphasis on American civics, ensuring that children who attend our schools have a sense of what it means to be American,” DeSantis said.

After his speech, the governor sat down with Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts for a discussion of what has made Florida’s education policies some of the best in the nation.

Roberts noted that while Florida was first on several different metrics for educational freedom, it trailed other states in school choice. Roberts then asked DeSantis what his plans were to bolster school choice in the Sunshine State.

The governor has targeted teachers’ unions as a negative influence in achieving better school choice policies in Florida, and said his state plans to reform how families can use state scholarship funds to choose where to send their children to school.

“There is an opportunity to innovate with [scholarships] if it’s an account that parents can control, it could be tuition, but it could also be tutoring or other services,” DeSantis said. “The parent will be able to make a whole range of other choices to give their children as many opportunities as possible.”

According “Assessment of freedom in education, Florida is the best state in the Union to protect parental rights. Roberts, who called DeSantis “America’s governor,” said the work Florida lawmakers were doing on education is the “leverage to take back our schools for our children, our parents, and our families.” families”.

A full video of DeSantis’ speech and Q&A is available here.

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