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Citadel exec Ken Griffin says ‘wake up ideology’ is ‘crushing’ for students

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Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief executive of investment firm Citadel, has criticized US public schools for pushing “awakened ideology” among students.

During a conversation with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Griffin said the “indoctrination” was “crushing” for his children.

“My kids went to a phenomenal school in Chicago … but their indoctrination into the ideology of the awakening was crushing,” he said Monday at an event hosted by The Economic Club of Miami.

Griffin had moved the Citadel headquarters from Chicago to Florida last summer. The GOP megadonor had given about $100 million to Republicans for the midterm elections.

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Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief executive of investment firm Citadel, has criticized US public schools for pushing “awakened ideology” among students.
(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

She said in the conversation on Monday that liberal education policies affected her children’s learning.

“They came home very confused about whether or not the United States was a good country,” Griffin said. “And they came home confused about what they could or couldn’t say to an Asian student or student of color.”

“My son was reprimanded for telling an Asian student he was good at math, for stereotyping,” he continued. “And it’s amazing to see how that destroys the minds of children who are otherwise innocent and good and don’t think about these kinds of things.”

The executive explained that the education his children receive in Florida is very different from their experiences in Chicago.

“Seeing them transform here at the school in Miami is perhaps the greatest gift Miami has given my family,” he said.

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Griffin explained that the education her children receive in Florida is very different from their experiences in Chicago.

Griffin explained that the education her children receive in Florida is very different from their experiences in Chicago.

Griffin also told Monday’s event that “taxes were not part of our decision to come to Florida” and noted that the Sunshine State has “great schools, a great environment and safe, clean streets.”

In addition, he claimed Chicago plans to unionize school principals, an effort he believes will further harm student education.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the battle lost,” Griffin said.

Griffin said his years of charitable giving in Chicago, aimed at supporting low-income and disadvantaged communities, had been “undermined by incredibly poor policies,” which he called “heartbreaking.”

He blamed the high crime rate in Illinois on elected officials and policies that allow criminals to return to the streets.

Griffin said Chicago plans to unionize school principals, an effort he believes will further harm student education.

Griffin said Chicago plans to unionize school principals, an effort he believes will further harm student education.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

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“The city is mired in lawlessness,” Griffin said.

Griffin intends to build a billion-dollar Citadel office in Florida. He had already invested $450 million in a Palm Beach property and bought a mansion in Miami that cost more than $100 million.

He told Suárez that his financial movements are not so much to do with the cost of taxes but rather with the value that he could receive for taxes.

“Florida is a great value for that,” Griffin said.

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