Ron DeSantis Signs Bills Requiring Schools To Teach The ‘Evils Of Communism’

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On Tuesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed three bills to improve civics education in schools and teach students about the horrors of socialism, which is somehow becoming a more mainstream ideology despite it resulting in 100 million deaths during the 20th century.

As the bills were announced, Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, President and CEO of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation explained their necessity, saying, “This education is especially crucial for America’s youth during their formative years, so we applaud Florida for ensuring their students will receive this education. VOC’s most recent poll on US Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism and Collectivism further proves the necessity of student education on communism, as only 63% of Gen Z and Millennials believe the Declaration of Independence better ‘guarantees freedom and equality’ over the Communist Manifesto and 40% of Americans today have a favorable view of socialism.”

The first bill, House Bill 5: Civic Education Curriculum, creates “an integrated K-12 civic education curriculum that includes an understanding of citizens’ shared rights and responsibilities under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

The second bill, Senate Bill 1108: Education, “requires state college and state university students to take both a civic literacy course and a civic literacy assessment as a graduation requirement, bridging civics education between our high schools and postsecondary institutions.”

The last bill, House Bill 233: Postsecondary Education, “requires state colleges and universities to conduct annual assessments of the viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom at their institutions to ensure that Florida’s postsecondary students will be shown diverse ideas and opinions, including those that they may disagree with or find uncomfortable.”

“I’m proud to sign three bills today that prioritize civics education in our schools,” DeSantis said. “The sad reality is that only two in five Americans can correctly name the three branches of government, and more than a third of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. It is abundantly clear that we need to do a much better job of educating our students in civics to prepare them for the rest of their lives.”

“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,” DeSantis said. “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?” DeSantis continued. “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.”