For a very long time, I have argued that the most important way in which we can preserve our rights and freedoms in this country for generations is through the taking over of the education system which has been in Leftist hands for 60 years.
The Left took away God from our schools and has slowly but surely been introducing increasingly radical Leftist material in our schools. From the assertion that we are “killing the planet” to the idea that homosexuality is not only okay but outright encouraged, and most recently, that white people are evil because of their race and that black and brown people are victims by the same merit. It is because of this radical Leftist curricula that we have young adults today who unironically love socialism and communism and erroneously believe them to be what will bring about a sort of utopia in this world.
As a result, naturally, the best way to fight against it is to take over the education system and begin teaching children the horrors of communism and begin teaching them actual, objective truths such as “we are not killing the planet” and “males can only be male and females can only be female.” Thankfully, this is what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also believes and has allowed to occur in Florida.
Recently, America’s best governor signed three civics education bills, HB 5, HB 233 and SB 1108. HB 5 requires high school students to learn about communism and totalitarianism, ideologies which “conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States,” according to Breitbart News.
During a press conference at a Fort Myers middle school, the governor said: “It’s crucial to ensure that we teach our students how to be responsible citizens. They need to have a good working knowledge of American history, American government and the principles that underline our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
He continued: “I’m proud to sign three bills today that prioritize civics education in our schools. 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.”
HB 5 also “provides a library of ‘Portraits in Patriotism’ based on the lives of individuals who have represented civic-minded qualities, including some who have moved to this country after suffering persecution in nations such as Cuba and Venezuela,” according to Breitbart.
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,” adding that he wants 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 students understand that.”
HB 233 is a bill which requires state colleges and universities to hold annual assessments of the “viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom at their institutions,” according to the governor’s office. In essence, it requires Florida colleges and universities which receive state funding to not be centers of Marxist brain-washing and to protect students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights of free speech to ensure they can’t be censored for their beliefs if they hold beliefs which run contrary to the faculty or upper echelon of the school.
On this matter, the governor said: “It used to be thought that a university campus was a place you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas. Unfortunately, now, the norm is really that these are more intellectually oppressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted, and other viewpoints are shunned or even suppressed. We don’t want that in Florida.”
He continued: “You need to have a true contest of ideas. Students should not be shielded from ideas and we want robust First Amendment speech on our college and university campuses.”
And finally, SB 1108 requires state college and university students to take a civic literacy course and assessment as a requirement for graduation, so that they don’t routinely pull an Ilhan Omar and believe that the different chambers of Congress are different branches of government.
Personally, I think these bills are great and are definitely a step in the right direction. Teaching high school and college students about communism and totalitarianism and requiring colleges and universities to be intellectually diverse and have a civic literacy course and assessment as requirements for graduation are things which will only help Floridians and Americans down the line.
My only issue, really, is that these bills are aimed more towards high school and college (though that isn’t a bad thing in itself at any rate) and don’t seem to include earlier ages. Obviously, it is utterly obscene that the Left is going after elementary and kindergarten aged students in their brainwashing attempts, but they have the general right idea. The earlier you can influence students, the better they will be for your side as time goes on.
Surely, conservatives in the education system could come up with curricula which would teach elementary and kindergarten students of the rottenness of socialism and communism without robbing them of their innocence and going into detail regarding the goriness that such systems bring about.
As one example, a teacher could explain to his or her young students that “communism and socialism are bad economic and political systems because they bring about sadness and pain to a great number of people. They take away the freedom of the innocent and add on to the pain with unfair rules which lead to really bad punishments. If you think whatever punishments your parents have given to you are bad, they are nothing compared to what communism and socialism do to innocent people.”
I’m not a teacher nor a parent, so I don’t really know how to best put such lessons in a way which truthfully exposes the evils of communism without going into gory details such as the public executions and terrorist tactics of the Bolsheviks, Politburo, Gestapo, etc, but like I said, I’m sure people qualified to take on such jobs could figure out a way to accomplish this.
And if you think that it’s not a good thing to be teaching young kids about the evils of communism, at least in a way which won’t outright scar them, then please step aside as you’d be nothing but a burden. It’s either they are taught the evils of communism or are taught that males can be females and are exposed to drag queens who will groom them and ruin their lives entirely, while the kids themselves are taught to believe that any refusal of such pedophiles would be considered bigoted behavior and that they owe reparations for either their race, gender and/or sexuality for “oppressing” such people.
Seriously, the Left is hunting these kids at the earliest age they can. Notable “anti-racist” racist Ibram X. Kendi has a book called “Antiracist Baby.” Of course, it’s a children’s book, seemingly aimed at toddlers. Such young children shouldn’t be taught how to be massive racists, but that’s what the Left is doing anyway. Why should we willingly be behind them in influencing young children?
Of course, no toddler will understand what the hell the book is trying to say because children don’t tend to be naturally racist like that. They don’t generally see color and have no issue with being nice to other people if such people are nice in return. However, this is still an attempt to influence these children in such an awful manner. Why would we allow the Left to have such influence over children if we can do something about it?
The Left wants to brainwash them. We want to implement systems which will prevent that. That’s what DeSantis is doing and this is a great step in the right direction towards that, but we can’t possibly end the fight there.
It’s good that high school and college students are the intended demographics of these bills, but I would like to see the Florida Congress pass similar bills intended for middle school, elementary school and kindergarten students.
At any rate, these are great bills and it’s fantastic that Gov. DeSantis has signed them into law. But this is just the first step in taking back education from the Left. Other states will likely follow suit and go into other areas of education as well. I pray that this will serve as the catalyst for much needed positive change in this country’s Leftist educational system.
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