Published January 17, 2023
When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he was replacing half the board of trustees of Florida’s state honors college, New College of Florida, with staunch conservatives, it seemed a radical move. But why? For much of human history, education has been an essentially conservative enterprise: the task of summing up the collected wisdom of the ages and handing it on to the next generation, so that they too might know how to live well within the world by walking old paths.
How strange it is, then, that for the past couple generations in America, education at nearly every level has become a radical progressive enterprise, dedicated to deconstruction and demolition of inherited norms, hallowed truths, and cherished beauties.
Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.