REACTION: Governor DeSantis’ Education Plan Is Idiotic, Brilliant

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BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to let untrained, potentially uneducated retired military veterans teach in public schools with only basic training is largely being panned by readers responding to our request for comments. In several written responses — and some left as voicemail — parents say that untrained teachers have no business in the classroom. Parents say they don’t understand how the ‘real world’ experiences of retired military translate into math, science, and appropriate grammar education.

“Schools may be safer,” said one parent, “but our kids won’t be smarter.”

While many were critical, there are certainly some readers who say the idea is brilliant — and strongly commend Gov. DeSantis for floating the idea. At least two people responding — as is often the case in Former President Donald Trump’s home state — verbally attacked us for even asking the question.

Read details of the plan here. The following are the largely unedited responses received by

Denise: I didn’t think Gov DeSantis would prove me right after I said “can this guy get any stupider?” over the COVID19 debacle. Oh yes, over and over again DeSantis has proven you can stupider. People with “life experience” has no problem teaching a trade, no children!

Gail: Once again “DeScamus” is pandering for votes. I’d like to see his own children be taught in a classroom with an unqualified, untrained “teacher”. Another one of his ridiculous ideas!

Anonymous: You have just insulted every veteran that has ever served in the military by inferring that they are incapable of being teachers. Are you really that ignorant that you think that people that have the capacity to defend our nation can not be a teacher? Ironic, since those that are “educated” who are teachers now tend to teach children that men can get pregnant.

Ann: As if our schools are not bad enough.

Don: The program could be taken a step further by allowing retired teachers to work just three or four hours a day.

Kenneth: He truly wants to keep the population to be as dumb as he can make them. teachers are trained through proven methods. he wants inexperienced so he won’t pay them more money. if every parent in this state and any grandparent are not up in arms, we all know what a good education can do. i bet he will put anybody in a school and make sure they don’t teach children from learning reading or history and god forbid we say gay. THIS POOR EXCUSE FOR A GOVERNOR LET ALONE A HUMAN MUST BE DEFEATED!

David: What a great idea. Getting teachers in the classroom with real-life experience. A two-year apprenticeship along with financial help to get a bachelor’s degree is fair compensation, particularly for returning veterans who desire to enter the teaching profession.

Marlaine: This is a great point from the governor. If we have a shortage, why making the test difficult for people. Passing an exam does not mean quality or you are genius, experience and practice will make people better. Let degree people teach and evaluate them for qualification.

Paul: Being a former middle & high school science teacher in New York for over 35 years I find it shameful that you think an uncertified teacher could teach biology, physics or chemistry to prepare students for college. Governor DeSantis did you have unqualified teachers at Harvard? Do your children go to public school or are they coddled in private school with few children in class with certified teachers? It is time educators in your state are treated with respect to be financially rewarded for their education, hard work and dedication.

Celia: Are you a liberal publication? The headline on this article is malicious and misleading. Obviously meant to ridicule our governor. There is more to the story, they need teachers’ assistants and multiple other positions at schools. My children are adults now but throughout their school years, I came across many accredited teachers with masters that had no business being in front of children.
I applaud Gov. DeSantis for trying to come up with a solution.

Richard: Outrageous? Yes, Sounds pretty stupid and cut from the same cloth as that spiel of “my ignorance is the equal of your knowledge” that still propels all things Trump. But I recall my own experience. After finishing college and working a year or so on the lower rungs of Corporate America, I decided to not wait to be drafted and enlisted in the Navy. They sent me to one of their “A” schools and I was very impressed with the effectiveness of the teachers. They were enlisted men like us but with more experience, They taught their curriculum with a concerned caring patience that I found missing in most of my high school classes. If these are the kind of guys that want to do this job, I don’t see reason that they couldn’t do a good job.

Ann: The governor is at the very least trying to improve and deal with the critical shortage of teachers in our state.  Substitutes are teaching students due to the shortage of teachers. Previous governors only burdened teachers with cutting pensions and adding unnecessary evaluations. Using community members, who have real life experience in serving the community and the country, seems an excellent way of addressing the shortage. Your headline and the wording of your article showed a bias towards the left and an attempt to discredit an initiative that could prove helpful to schools and children. I was not impressed. Stick with your crime reports.

Marla: This is a wonderful opportunity for retired vets and first responders to continue to serve the community. Many vets are retired young due to completion of service or injury. We’re not talking about your grandfather here. They have to have the required qualifications to even begin the process. 

Robert: Your headline and related comments sound more like a Pelosi/Schumer diatribe than a real news report. You will lose me and many others as readers if you politicize your reports. Read the whole report and try to understand how this program would work. Disgusted!

Marilyn: I am glad that I don’t have school-age children in Florida. I wouldn’t want an untrained person to teach my children.

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