Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill requiring students to learn the “evils of communism” while in grade school.
House Bill 5 will add to civics education, as the Florida Department of Education will be required to implement an “integrated K-12 civic education curriculum that includes an understanding of citizens’ shared rights and responsibilities under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
DeSantis said the legislation “… 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 ideologies. 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.”
The bill was signed along with two other education bills to be implemented in institutions of both lower and higher education. Senate Bill 1108 seeks to connect civics education between secondary and high schools through administering a civics literacy test. The third piece of legislation signed, House Bill 233, aims to promote freedom of thought and speech on university campuses.
Institutions will be required 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.” The education bills follow DeSantis’ ban on the teaching of Critical Race Theory.
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