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Ron DeSantis’ jaw hit the floor when this left-wing college waived the white flag on wokeness

Ron DeSantis is taking a sledgehammer to wokeness in the educational system.

He never expected the war to clean up the country’s higher education to take this turn.

And Ron DeSantis’ jaw hit the floor when this left-wing college waived the white flag on wokeness.

MIT drops diversity statements from its hiring practices for a shocking reason 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies have become woke articles of faith in higher education.

These policies have been used to create an ideological screen to keep potential staff and faculty members from being hired unless they bend the knee to wokeness.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made the surprising decision to eliminate the use of DEI statements during the hiring process for faculty members.

An MIT official told Fox News Digital that “requests for a statement on diversity will no longer be part of applications for any faculty positions at MIT.”

Previously, any applicant would have to submit a written statement about how they adhere to the school’s DEI policies.

MIT faculty applicants had to produce a statement that “demonstrates knowledge of challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion” along with their “track record of working with diverse groups of people.”

That meant that someone applying to be a nuclear engineering professor would be judged on an essay about how they are committed to woke goals instead of exclusively their academic and professional merits.

In practice, DEI statements became a way to ensure that the faculty was uniformly left-wing ideologically, and to boost the hiring of underqualified applicants.

Their elimination was made by MIT president Sally Kornbluth with the backing of the provost, chancellor, and every academic dean.

Diversity statements in hiring are rejected because they do not work

Kornbluth said that the school came to the decision to give DEI hiring statements the axe because “they don’t work.”

“My goals are to tap into the full scope of human talent, to bring the very best to MIT, and to make sure they thrive once here,” Kornbluth said. “We can build an inclusive environment in many ways, but compelled statements impinge on freedom of expression, and they don’t work.”

Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), a college free speech group, found in a 2023 study that “large portions of MIT faculty and students are afraid to express their views in various academic settings.”

FIRE said that DEI statements in hiring “function as ideological litmus tests” that “threaten employment or advancement of opportunities for faculty who dissent from prevailing thought on DEI.”

Harvard Law School professor Randall L. Kennedy argued that the school should ditch DEI statements because it makes faculty and students “toe a political line.”

“I am a scholar on the left committed to struggles for social justice,” Kennedy wrote in the Harvard Crimson. “The realities surrounding mandatory DEI statements, however, make me wince. The practice of demanding them ought to be abandoned, both at Harvard and beyond.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law banning the use of DEI in higher education in the Sunshine State.

Now the tide could be beginning to turn on DEI when one of America’s elite institutions follows his lead.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

 

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