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United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
17 October 2011
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Governor Scott's comments about anthropology were no off-the-cuff gaffe. First of all, it wasn't just off-the-cuff:

On October 10, he was interviewed by Marc Bernier (see the 10/10/11 interview with Gov Rick Scott on Bernier's Audio & Video Archive, and talked down the social sciences and humanities specifically anthropology. STEM is "... what students need to focus all their time on ..." (notice the "all"), and held up Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University (which advertizes itself as "The Best Aeronautics and Aerospace University in the World") as a model.

As if to emphasize that he was serious, Scott met with the Sarasota Herald Tribune, which reported that Rick Scott wants to shift university funding away from some degrees.

By now, many readers have read the Associated Press Oct. 11 article (in the Tampa Tribune) that Anthropologists fire back at put down by Gov. Scott, The Oracle's Oct. 13 report that USF reacts to governor's anthropology remarks, and the Oct. 14 St. Petersburg Times article USF anthropology students to Scott: We matter.

But perhaps the most telling article was in Inside Higher Ed: Florida GOP vs. Social Science observed that last year it was psychology and political science; this year it is anthropology. Considering that Scott's supporters include people who have issues with astronomy, climatology, embryology, and much of biology and geology, it is not clear who will be next or how far Scott might go.


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