Another day, another baller move from Ron "The Man" DeSantis:
Here's what the governor said in full:
"The bill also expands our previous efforts in civics to add a requirement for the high school government class that students receive instruction on the evils of communism and totalitarian etiologies. We have a number of people in Florida, particularly southern Florida, who've escaped totalitarian regimes, who've escaped communist dictatorships to be able to come to America.
We want all students to understand the difference, why would somebody flee across shark infested waters say, leaving from Cuba to come to southern Florida? Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam? Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It's important that students understand that. Now as part of this bill, Florida will create a ‘Portraits in Patriotism' library so students can learn about real patriots who came to this country after seeing the horrors of these communist regimes."
For even more DeSantis, check out his full speech here.
I have to ask: Why isn't this something being done by every leader in America? This shouldn't even be controversial: it should just be something every American learns!
DeSantis prefaced his comments by noticing that only 40% of Americans can even name the three branches of government, and over 33% can't name a single right protected by the First Amendment.
I'd wager most young Americans think "civics" is just a cheap car they can slap a spoiler on and take the muffler off to sound cool.
There were three bills in total that DeSantis signed:
- House Bill 5, which creates K-12 civic education curriculum with a focus on the Bill of Rights and personal stories "of diverse individuals who demonstrate civic minded qualities," including those who fled oppressive regimes.
- Senate Bill 1108, which requires college students in the state to take a civic literacy course and a civil literacy assessment as a graduation requirement.
- House Bill 233, which requires state colleges to conduct an annual assessment of how they provide free speech opportunities on campus, ensuring diverse ideas are allowed to be openly shared and not censored.
Are your kids going to learn about the horrors of communism throughout the 20th century and the brave people who risked everything to flee to free nations like America?
Or are they going to learn how horrible America is and be taught they should be good little comrades for the upcoming societal revolution?