Socialism is so hot with the young crowd right now, but it’s going to get cooled off in Florida in a big way very soon.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a series of three bills into law Tuesday that makes it mandatory that high school students in the state are taught to learn about “the evils of communism.”
The three laws he signed were the following:
HB 5 requires the Florida Department of Education to put together a comprehensive K-12 civic education curricula including teaching students about shared rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Included in this bill is a requirement for public high schools to “include a comparative discussion of political ideologies, such as communism and totalitarianism, that conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States.”
SB 1108 will require state college and university students to undergo civic literacy courses and assessments in order to graduate.
HB 233 requires freedom of expression at state colleges and universities.
At a press conference, DeSantis laid out the realities of what’s going on at colleges around the country.
“We obviously want our universities to be focused on critical thinking, academic rigor. We do not want them as basically hotbeds for stale ideology—that’s not worth tax dollars, and that’s not something we’re going to be supporting going forward.
“It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to these sorts of ideas. Unfortunately, now the norm is really these are more intellectually repressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted, and other viewpoints are shunned or even suppressed. We don’t want that in Florida. You need to have a true contest of ideas.”
DeSantis has been aggressive in keeping some of the radical ideologies that are being taught elsewhere out of Florida. In 2019 he signed an executive order that would eliminate Common Core. And he also supported the Florida Board of Education’s plan to ban critical race theory teaching in public schools.