FL will require students and faculty to declare their political views
A new Law supported by Florida Republicans will require each of the state’s public universities to investigate the political beliefs of students, faculty and staff.
Supporters called the bill an effective way to promote “intellectual diversity” and to combat liberal “indoctrination” of students.
The law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, will come into effect on July 1, just in time for the next school year.
the Tampa bay times reported that it is not yet clear exactly what the state will do with the results of each university and college survey, GOP Senator Ray Rodrigues, the sponsor of the bill, admitted that budget cuts might be appropriate if the school appears to be “indoctrinating”.
Governor DeSantis proudly praised the effectiveness of the bill.
“It used to be that a college campus was a place where you were exposed to a lot of different ideas.”
“Unfortunately, now the norm is that these are more intellectually repressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted and other views are avoided or even suppressed.”
When DeSantis was pressed to give an example to substantiate his claim, he did not.
Instead, he was broad and vague, saying he “knows a lot of parents” who fear their children will be “brainwashed” into “orthodoxies.”
Faculty members, on the other hand, have argued that the law attacks their freedom of speech.
The bill’s lack of clarity on several issues likely contributed to this anxiety. There is no confirmation that the survey results will remain anonymous and there is no mention of who may use the data or how the data will be used.
But clues have been given in GOP statements about the new law.
The bill, however, specifies that students will be allowed to record their professors and lectures without consent. These recordings could then be used in a civil or criminal case against the school.
Many people, especially Florida residents, were outraged to learn that the bill had become law.
Many have cited the GOP legislation as yet another Republican solution in search of a problem that does not exist.
For all of DeSantis’ harsh criticisms of the lack of diversity of thought and indoctrination, it should be noted that just two weeks ago, the Florida State Board of Education banned teaching of critical race theory.
DeSantis requested this measure.
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