Gov. DeSantis says decline in men headed to college a ‘good sign’

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The Governor says men are choosing trades like boatbuilding over college educations.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has degrees from Harvard Law and Yale, thinks it might be a “good sign” fewer men are attending college compared to women.

DeSantis, addressing the International Boatbuilders Exhibition in Tampa, suggested men aren’t going to college as much as women because they are shunning traditional higher education for trades.

“There was actually an article in The Wall Street Journal recently about, you know, ‘decline in college for men’, or something,” DeSantis continued, deepening his voice briefly for comic effect to introduce the article highlighting that three in five college students are now women, with men feeling “lost.”

“I guess there was a decline in the number of men, the percentage of men going to college or whatever. And they acted like this was a bad thing. And honestly, like, you know, to me, I think that is probably a good sign,” the Governor added.

“Because I think people are looking at this and they’re acknowledging, you know, some of these universities are not giving you very much for your money. You’re not necessarily going to get ahead in that.”

DeSantis said people were choosing to “pursue some of these high-demand areas where you’re going to be able to do very well with basically no debt,” before jumping back to soften his comments.

“If you want to do the college, I’m not saying don’t,” DeSantis advised. “It is very, very good for a lot of people. But certainly, it’s not the right thing for everyone.”

Decrying a perceived “stigma” against trade education, DeSantis couldn’t resist taking one more swipe at people who borrowed money in pursuit of liberal arts degrees.

“In fact, kind of the joke’s on some of the people who have gone the university route, and they wind up deep in debt with no opportunities, and so they would have been better off maybe trying something else,” DeSantis said, adding a nod to the boat building sector.

“I’m sure this industry needs good folks. You have folks, I mean, driving the trucks. You have people who are electrical. I mean, it is, there’s never been a better time to do (it),” DeSantis, a graduate of Ivy League universities, contended.

DeSantis, who recently spotlighted the top-five ranking for the University of Florida, saved the balance of these remarks for the boatbuilders rather than the reporters on hand for that event earlier this month in Gainesville.

The Wall Street Journal article, published earlier this month, notes that there are 1.5 million fewer college students today than there were five years ago and that men accounted for 71% of the decline.

Notably, the enrollment disparity between genders is present at both four-year and two-year institutions, the latter of which often offer the types of certifications DeSantis pitches as alternatives to a traditional college education.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael Byrd=Hero,Babbit=DeadSult

    September 28, 2021 at 11:52 am

    This straggot needs a federal bullet via the National Guard. Being a trucker isn’t a real job, you just let the autopilot do all the work and rape women once in a while.

    • Silver Eagle

      September 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      If you’re trying to “out-ignorant” DeSantis with your misinformed remarks about truck drivers, congratulations. You’ve succeeded.

    • Janney

      September 29, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Do you really believe this or are you trying to create anger and fighting? What’s with this ridiculous comment?

    • zhombre

      September 29, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Repulsive asshole. Crawl back into your hole.

    • JD

      September 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Wow, that was a straight up troll.

  • PeterH

    September 28, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    DeSantis is an idiot! The reason American hospitals have doctors and nurses from India, Asia and the Middle East…. American students are too busy vaping and figuring out where to install their next tattoo. It’s called LAZY!

    Meanwhile educated women will be looking elsewhere to find a spouse …. Because why would a woman with a master’s degree settle for a dumb high school dropout waving a “Trump won” flag.

    • AnnainFLorida

      October 6, 2021 at 11:29 am

      this is so true…personally, I can’t wait until intelligence becomes a trend again. Laziness of the mind is running rampant especially among republicans. People definitely need to learn to the basics of philosophy, art, chemistry etc. This guy (Desantis) must have cheated his way through college and needs to go back and do it the right way with an emphasis on epidemiology (the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.)

  • Frankie M.

    September 28, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Mouthbreathers are his target demographic. Well that & old racist white people. But they’re not mutually exclusive.

  • Deb

    September 28, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Why would anyone want to go to university when all you are learning is radicalization. My son opted for culinary academy and for his age is doing quite well. At his age, I was eating canned soup and working my rear off to pay college debt!

    • Joe Gawel

      October 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      A college education helps one learn to think logically, to separate fact from fiction, to broaden one’s cultural knowledge (art, literature, music, history, geography), that is, to make a person complete. That is NOT something that the previous president possessed and it showed–and he, like DeSantis here, celebrated it: ignorance of the world. That, for sure, will lead to the end of the great experiment.

      • PeterH

        October 2, 2021 at 8:11 pm

        Well said!

  • Tom

    September 28, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Ignorance runneth over with Michael whatever, Weasel Peter H, and pathetic Frankie.

    As a professional reporter Gov Ron has openly commented about the need to fill more trade and blue collar jobs. He’s openly said at previous forums we need to encourage more individuals in that direction.

    I don’t believe he’s telling men not you go to college, I think he’s just saying they may want to consider alternatives. Of course the kids in bleachers have to try to ridicule everything. Sick

  • JD

    September 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    This is a good thing. We all know the trades ranks have been lacking for decades and the college debt has grown enormously with little ROI.

    I am sure I will be lambasted for socialism comments, but why are there not more Federal and State programs to fund trade education like college subsidized loans?

    Or to fund apprentice programs like generations before in a private / public partnership?

    Or better yet, dual track. Trade schools partnering with colleges to provide some collegiate education that helps further the use of trade skills?

    I’d be for this as an infrastructure investment of my tax dollars. All boats rise with the tide. Having prosperous members of my local community and opportunities for our children seems like a no-brainer.

  • Elaine McLaughlin

    September 30, 2021 at 11:36 am

    I am all for supporting the trades. Unfortunately though most trade schools don’t also teach critical thinking skills and it’s evident those have been lost amond too many Floridians. We need to broaden trade school education. Universities were designed to help people learn to think and to support life long learning as a goal.

  • AnnainFlorida

    October 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    California is now the only state that is not listed as high transmission for Covid ( a deep blue state)

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