Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is known for not backing down when it comes to promoting a conservative agenda, and that trait was on display again this week.
During a press conference in New Port Richey made clear that he will not allow left-wing radicals to take over his state, insisting that “Florida is the place where woke goes to die.”
The Governor addresses the shortage of teachers
DeSantis detailed some of his strategies to attract more teachers, and they include boosting teacher pay as well as a proposal to allow former military personnel and first responders to serve in the classroom.
The governor also argued pointed out that a four-year university degree isn’t the best option for everyone and stressed the need to promote workforce education.
However, he also lashed put part of the blame for Florida’s teacher shortage on radical leftists in teachers’ colleges, stating that the institutions have a “magnet for a lot of ideology” and that aspiring teachers don’t want to become a “cog in some indoctrination machine.”
Governor promises to put science ahead of ideology
DeSantis later touted his opposition to providing minors with puberty blockers and hormones, saying, “We’re following the data, and what you have is a lot of ideology trying to be put into medicine. And that’s very, very dangerous.”
As an example of medical policy being guided by ideology rather than science, DeSantis recalled how Americans were promised that a COVID shot would prevent infection and then noted how many people have contracted the virus despite being boosted.
“They lied to us about the mRNA shot,” the governor declared. “They said if you take it, you will not get COVID. That is false. That is not true.”
“Time and time again, I think you’ve seen ideology placed over data and evidence,” DeSantis insisted. “They will constantly try to shift because they will never admit that their ideology was incorrect. That’s very, very dangerous.”
“And that’s a problem with our society that we’re grappling with in ‘woke’ corporations, classrooms, and other politically charged venues,” the governor complained.
“What I’ve said is that the state of Florida is the place where woke goes to die. We’re not going to let this state descend into some kind of woke Dumpster fire,” DeSantis said as he drew to a close.
“We’re going to be following common sense. We’re going to be following facts. And that’s just really, really important.”