Ron DeSantis says revamped New College is like where the ‘Founding Fathers’ went to school

desantis, ron - speaking at new college
'That is something that I think will attract people, not just throughout Florida, but throughout the country.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis re-emerged on the weekend press conference circuit Saturday to take a victory lap at a Southwest Florida school he and his political allies radically changed in recent years, telling a receptive crowd that when it came to conservative reforms, they “ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Speaking Saturday at New College in Sarasota, DeSantis boasted that the school has been wrested away from “the Left,” and is now akin to places that the property-owning white men who established the United States learned.

“But the mission is we want a liberal arts education that is rooted in the Western tradition that is a classical education similar to what our Founding Fathers had when they went to, to universities. That is something that I think will attract people, not just throughout Florida, but throughout the country,” DeSantis asserted.

According to a report by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, New College has seen its lowest retention rate of first-year students in the college’s history and the departure of more than a third of the faculty.

A newly established athletics department at the college brought in record enrollment through athletic recruiting, but it also led to a decrease in overall grade point averages and test scores, according to the Herald-Tribune. Subsequently, the college dropped 24 spots in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top liberal arts colleges in the country.

DeSantis’ remarks went beyond New College, touching on a number of right-wing, hot-button issues, such as Major League Baseball moving its All Star Game from Atlanta years ago, the dissemination of so-called “woke” ideology, and the “corruption of academia.”

DeSantis also celebrated squelching protests of the ongoing Israeli war with Hamas.

“The lawn at Florida State, they turned the sprinklers on. They were gone very quickly. Tried to do it at (the University of Florida), didn’t work. And even beyond universities, you know, they tried to take over a street in Miami.”

“A couple of months ago, Miami PD had all of them dragged off in 15 minutes, which was very good because they were taking over places for hours and hours in other parts of the country. Then fast forward a couple of weeks after that, they tried to take over a road going into Disney World and the Florida Highway Patrol ejected them in 11 minutes. That’s a new world record,” DeSantis joked.

“If one of the presidents of our colleges or universities in Florida allowed their campus to become what we’ve seen recently from Harvard or Columbia, they’d be out of work the next day,” the Governor maintained.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    June 1, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    Western tradition that is a classical education similar to what our Founding Fathers had when they went to, to universities. So.. white, male only, right? Yeper those were the days, eh Boys?

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  • Frankie M.

    June 1, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    Is that a good thing?

  • My Take

    June 1, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    Can DeSantis’s Nazis still demonstrate at the gates of Disney?

    • rick whitaker

      June 2, 2024 at 8:54 pm

      MY TAKE, i think desantis is just as bad as trump, so sure he can. if the nazis wanted to demonstrate, would desantis tell his daddy no?

  • Fascism

    June 1, 2024 at 6:04 pm

    Heil Hitler. The fascist state for Floriduh

  • My Take

    June 1, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    DeSlantis gives generalist bigoted blither, but what specifically has changed? What dropped? What áltered? What added?
    And did universities in the mid1700s have sports?

  • Carpetbagger

    June 1, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    The new New College sounds like the perfect repository for Florida’s uneducated home-school failures.

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 1, 2024 at 6:55 pm

      And scholarship jocks.

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 1, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    Apparently Dee is unaware of, or is averting his gaze from, the graduation fireworks at New College. Students shut down the mega-bucks tech entrepreneur; no video has yet surfaced of Richard Corcoran emulating Rumplestilskin in response. Richard is threatening to hold back diplomas, etc. until he can extract his pound of flesh. (That’s what the million-dollar president of a small, state liberal arts college must do to prove his worthiness to reign.)

  • SuzyQ

    June 1, 2024 at 7:19 pm

    Susan “Susie” (neé Summerall) Wiles is the person behind former U.S. president Donald Trump’s campaign. She’s responsible for the some of the successful  campaigns of Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, et al. She is a prominent member of the political class and has, at the very least, a symbiotic relationship with this political establishment “publication” or propagator of political establishment propaganda and a confidential source for Florida Politics’ so-called journalists.

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 2, 2024 at 11:45 am

      $u$ie Wiles don’t need none of your stinkin’ attempts to promote her. She can do it herself, and better.

  • Terri koff

    June 1, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Here’s another thing Ron can be proud of. Florida now ranks #50 in teacher pay. Ron is the worst thing that has happened to education in the last 100 years!

  • Michael K

    June 1, 2024 at 9:26 pm

    New College has been destroyed. Rhonda does not like creativity, artists, and free expression. They do not understand that innovation comes from those who ask questions. New College was a beacon for Rhodes Scholars and freedom. It’s been dumbed down because insecure little Rhonda thinks jocks are more important than intellectual freedom. What’s next? Brown shirt uniforms?

    • My Take

      June 1, 2024 at 9:34 pm

      And Sam Brownes.

  • Richard Paula

    June 1, 2024 at 9:38 pm

    How in God’s Name did Governor Benito M assume he knew what kind of education our founding fathers had. Does he think George Washington went to college? Are the newly minted students at New College going to study Latin and Ancient Greek like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Adams did go to Harvard. So Bad. So sad

    • Michael K

      June 1, 2024 at 9:53 pm

      He thinks Thomas Jefferson had a baseball scholarship?

      Check out Jefferson’s library at the Library of Congress. It is amazing how broad and well-versed he was – and he was a deist, not a “Christian.”

  • My Take

    June 1, 2024 at 10:13 pm

    Either he is an idiot or he is just targeting society’s duller sorts, which include his base of courxe.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      June 6, 2024 at 11:09 am

      I take who is an idiot for $800

  • Fed Up X-Republican

    June 2, 2024 at 12:19 am

    DeSantis is paying Bible college graduate Richard Corcoran $1 million a year to supervise fewer students — 800 — than were in my high school.

    Meanwhile, Florida is 50 out of 50 states for education spending.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      June 6, 2024 at 11:09 am

      Do not question our Supreme Leader and his brilliant ideas. He will have your head for this.

  • Phil Morton

    June 2, 2024 at 4:09 am

    Kudos to whoever wrote this: “ now akin to places that the property-owning white men who established the United States learned.” And, 27% of students have dropped out. Things couldn’t be better, amirite?

  • Ocean Joe

    June 2, 2024 at 6:18 am

    And now, like George Washington himself, they are chopping down the trees.

  • PeterH

    June 2, 2024 at 7:25 am

    Half of our ‘founding fathers’ were white slave owners! They offered us a Constitution that is now severely outdated and antiquated. Championing the political climate of years past whether it be 1950 or 1800 ….. is definitely not in America’s best interest. Florida has become the laughing stock of the EU and most freedom loving countries around the globe. It’s time for a change and today’s GOP have absolutely no vision for bettering the American experience for Americans.

  • tom palmer

    June 2, 2024 at 11:25 am

    At least I’m happy the governor opposes weaponizing government for political ends. oh, wait, my mistake.

  • Kenneth L Gallaher

    June 2, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    No company in their right mind would hire from there now.

  • Anony

    June 3, 2024 at 6:00 am

    Omg, just learned at New College that covid is caused by an imbalance of the humors in the body! Does Pfizer sell leeches?

  • Sundance

    June 3, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    What part of founding does desanto not understand?
    Just keep your nature ☺️ disaster cash on hand you all gonna need it

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 4, 2024 at 11:45 am

    No reaction (that I have seen) from the Great White Father about the student shenanigans at recent New College graduation.

    Dee MIA?

  • GL

    June 11, 2024 at 10:19 am

    None of the Founding Fathers went to a 3rd or 4th rate sports college like what New College has become. Time out on the field for a discussion of Plato, boys?

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