FL governor signs ‘patriotic’ civics education bill, controversial ‘intellectual freedom’ bill

By: | June 23, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed three bills: HB 5 – Civic Education Curriculum, SB 1108 – Education, and HB 233 – Postsecondary Education.

“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.”

HB 5 calls for the Florida Department of Education to come up with a new civic education curriculum for public school students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

What’s unique about the law is that the DOE has to include interviews or first-person stories from people of different backgrounds. Some of those accounts will come from people who lived under communist or totalitarian rule. It’s supposed to help kids really understand why freedom and democracy are so important.

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