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Ron DeSantis’ Lessons in Communism

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The thing about Rufo and DeSantis and these other hacks accusing the left of spewing propaganda in education is that it’s all projection because they can’t conceive of an education system that isn’t about spewing propaganda–their preferred version. So now DeSantis has signed a law mandating teaching the evils of communism in Florida public schools.

Florida school kids as young as kindergarteners will soon be learning about the history of communism.

Behind a podium with a sign that read “ANTI-COMMUNIST EDUCATION,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Wednesday requiring the topic be taught in lower grades.

It also was the 63rd anniversary of the United States launching the Bay of Pigs invasion, a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba.

“We know that the Bay of Pigs was launched because the island of Cuba had succumb to communist tyranny,” DeSantis said at a press conference at the Hialeah Gardens Museum, which honors the efforts of the Bay of Pigs’ Assault Brigade 2506. “We’re going to tell the truth about communism in the state of Florida. We’re going to tell the truth about the evils of communism.”

Under the bill (SB 1264), the Florida Department of Education would “prepare and offer” standards for the “age appropriate and developmentally appropriate” instruction on the history of communism for all grade levels. Certain concepts included heavily emphasize the economic upheaval and personal freedom restrictions seen in many Communist nations. 

“The increasing threat of communism in the United States and to our allies through the 20th century,” is one of the mandated topics, which must start being taught during the 2026-27 school year. So is “the economic, industrial and political events that have preceded and anticipated communist revolutions.”

Florida students currently can receive lessons on communism in high-school social studies courses or in a seventh-grade civics and government course. A high-school government class that has been required for graduation also includes 45 minutes of instruction on “Victims of Communism Day” which covers communist regimes through history. 

The funny part about this is that this is more likely to promote communist ideas than anything else in the history of American public education. DeSantis and the like think of children as empty vessels to be filled by their propaganda. For some, no doubt that will be true. But children are not stupid. They can and do think for themselves. Some of them will learn about this and then somewhere down the line, they will remember that they spent their childhoods in the hot mess of the Florida education system and begin rethinking everything, including the history of communism.

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