Florida is one of the nation's greatest states. We have the third largest population, the third largest gross income, and the third largest average personal net worth. Our people are not just wealthy. We have the third largest number of truly rich people.
But we have one true embarrassment.
Florida does not have a truly great college or university.
Florida does not have a single college or university that anyone would mention in the same sentence with Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, or Yale.
For example, the Palm Beach Post recently reported that at Florida Atlantic University, which claims to be a full university, fewer than forty percent of the students completed their four year degree within five years.
Focus on that! Not that it took the average student five years to complete a four year degree. Much worse, that after five years, more than three out of five students had failed to complete a degree.
And according to the US Department of Education National Assessment of Adult Literacy, the average score for our college graduates was less than "Proficient" in comprehending Prose!
"Proficient" is defined as being able to understand the newspaper Editorial Page, not an overwhelming challenge, unless you went to college in America. Florida's graduate schools rank similar to our undergraduate colleges, which means the a post-graduate degree does not make you more able to read the newspaper. The blind leading the blind.
There are similar findings in studies comparing American students to students in other countries in math and science. In the early grades, up to grade four, American students score around the middle of the range of industrialized nations.
The shocking finding is that the longer Americans attend school, the worse they compare to students in other countries. By the tenth grade American students score almost at, or at the dead bottom of 22 industrialized nations. The longer you go to school in America the dumber you get, compared to other nations.
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, our teachers union which constantly opposes serious school reform, has a lot to answer for. The NEA always opposes teacher accountability, national tests, and serious restructuring. Like every union, all they want is higher salaries and more money. Year after year we cave into their demands, and our schools get worse and worse.
Florida requires, no, Florida MUST HAVE a university which rejects all political correctness and strives purely for excellence and leadership so there is a high point giving direction and leadership to our state.
And there is no hope of upgrading any of our existing colleges or universities to true greatness. Why? Because they are all firmly in the hands of politicians, of people who seek only growth for its own sake, of people who are compelled by political considerations to be everything to everyone.
And true greatness is never everything to everyone. Greatness is distinction. It is dedication, focus, and constant obsessive striving for excellence, striving to be not good, not better, but to be unique: the best!
Florida deserves to have a truly great university. Indeed, after you read our writings on other parts of this website, not just Florida, but our nation, our wonderful America, deserves an even greater university than exists today.
Even our greatest national universities appear to be on the decline. Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and Northwestern, are all being enslaved and degraded by 'political correctness.' All of them are now tangled in debates about how to be more 'correct.'
Excellence and greatness cannot be 'correct.' The best by definition is unique. There is only one Best.
Our nation deserves to have a new Best University,
Florida deserves to be the home of the Best University!
Right now, when people around the world think of Florida, they think of Disney World or Miami's South Beach. Florida deserves to be more than Mickey Mouse or tropical debauchery. Florida deserves to be thought of as the home of excellence, as the home of the Best University in the World. That should be Florida's destiny!
If you agree that Florida should not be more, but rather that Florida should be, must be, the Best, give the best to our children and grandchildren, please volunteer or donate to lift up our beloved state. Help our children.