House mulls proposal to teach Florida kindergarteners about Communism
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 1995 file photo, Cuban President Fidel Castro stands on the Great Wall of China, 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Beijing. Castro, who led a rebel army to victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, died at age 90 on Friday, Nov 25, 2016. Viewed from the world’s largest communist country, Castro’s death is a reminder of how the communist axis has changed beyond recognition since the ideologically charged era when the bearded revolutionary cut a dashing figure on the world stage alongside leaders like Mao Zedong. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)

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'Atrocities' and 'cultural Marxism' are among the topics, but lessons would have to be 'developmentally appropriate.'

A legislative committee will probe a proposal to have students learn about the political theory of communism and some of its more adverse consequences throughout history.

Tuesday’s PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will mull Rep. Chuck Brannan’s HB 1349, which would compel schools to start teaching the “History of Communism” in grades K-12.

The lessons are intended to be “age and developmentally appropriate,” and it would indeed be interesting to see how teachers of young students deal with such heady topics as the history of Communism in the U.S., foreign “atrocities” driven by Communism, “cultural Marxism” and other so-called “lineages” of “Communist thought,” the events of the Chinese “Cultural Revolution,” Cuban Communism, and the “economic, industrial, and political events that preceded and anticipated Communist revolutions.”

The bill would also require a Communism Education Task Force to be appointed by August 2024, just one month after the bill’s contemplated effective date. That panel would help to craft this curriculum.

The bill analysis notes that current Department of Education standards don’t teach about Communism before 6th grade, something this legislation would change.

If this legislation advances, it has one more committee stop. A similar bill that focuses on the task force element is moving in the Senate committee process also.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


32 comments

  • Shelby justice

    February 10, 2024 at 10:11 am

    We need to completely dismantle education as it is taught now. First of all, we need textbooks rewritten. In the next few months people are going to be shocked as to what is truth. I remember as a kindergarten child, being told to get under our desks as a drill preparing for Russia to nuke us. That was in the 50’s. Never ever did our schools have fire drills, it was only drills to teach us about bad people. Right now, I will take Putin over Biden and his entire cabinet. Now we have young people brainwashed by the college system.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      February 10, 2024 at 10:42 am

      What are colleges brainwashing kids into believing? And is that all colleges, public, private, and christian? Who coordinates the brainwashing? Most regents are just failed politicians, so they’re not very good at playing well with others. For example Flop Gov Rhonda will be in Florida’s college system in 3 years. Just watch..

    • My Take

      February 10, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      Under the desk for a nuclear attack.
      Under the stairs for conventional bombing.

    • miacraig

      February 10, 2024 at 8:35 pm

      what planet are u living on that you’d take putin over biden???!!! wtf is wrong you and others who believe putin isn’t the monster he has proven to be over and over again??? yall are INSANE

      • DEBRA

        February 13, 2024 at 2:12 pm

        It sounds as if we need to send her to Russia to stay in jail for a few months. I agree, what the heck sir you thinking????

    • Joe

      February 14, 2024 at 9:51 am

      Um, yeah, Shelby… there’s only one side brainwashed here, and it’s definitely the one that prefers Putin over Biden. You and your Fox-watching comrades are edging ever closer to being literal traitors to this nation. Your grandkids should take your TV, radio, and phone away for your own good.

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 10, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Teaching the truth about the downsides of Communism would be fine just as long a equal time is given to the downsides of Capitalism and other isms that haven’t worked out as well as promised.

    And make sure to teach the unifying feature in all their failures: Gre3dy rich ice holes abuse the system to make themselves richer while simultaneously making others poorer.

    Sooner or later the poors will rise up against their oppressors. MAGAs are on the “rise up” track, but they don’t yet know who their oppressors are, having been convinced it’s immigrants oppressing them. But immigrants are just other poors.

    Immigrants are even poorer than MAGAs, at least upon arrival to USA, but most of them make something of themselves rather than sitting and watching the TV tell them who to blame for the meezerable lives they’ve created for themselves.

    And then there’s this one guy suggesting that immigrants with backpacks should be sh0t d3ad due to having a backpack, never mind that anybody hiking 100s or 1000s of miles is definitely going to be carrying their camping supplies in a backpack.

    • Nope

      February 10, 2024 at 6:14 pm

      Why is it the stereotype of MAGAs is a class of undereducated low income malcontents? Where I live the MAGAs are rich, drive monster SUVs and ridiculous trucks, live in McMansions, and hate and look down on everyone who doesn’t look or think like them and their little bleached brains, and they seem really really happy. Or haven’t you been paying attention. “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 10, 2024 at 10:27 pm

        Theere is evidence that the core MAGA voters are successful economically but few have college degrees. This is something to ponder although it makes sense: MAGAs are anti-intellectuals and they scorn those in the lower classes who might have to resort to government programs.

        That said, the wealthy and those who appear wealthy have have acquiesced to DJT because he is a plutocrat and as crude as any stereotypical Archie Bunker playing golf.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 12, 2024 at 11:32 am

        Those folks are usually also in massive debt. Most who have all that shit can’t afford any of that shit but they have it anyways because it defines them. And sure, those MAGAs exist too, but the majority of them are in trailers and collapsing barns in flyover country or the Southeast.

  • My Take

    February 10, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    But we cannot teach them the trjth about American slavery.

    • miacraig

      February 10, 2024 at 8:32 pm

      🙌🙌🙌

    • Sally B

      February 12, 2024 at 5:52 pm

      We can, and we do.

      • Joe

        February 14, 2024 at 9:52 am

        Not in Florida.

  • My Take

    February 10, 2024 at 12:44 pm

    The shabbiness of the presentation is entirely predictable.
    Hillsdale College will probably be contracted to prepare it, though it’s probably already prepared.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 10, 2024 at 10:30 pm

      My guess is Florida will in-house this program to Neo-New College, rather than outsourced to Hillsdale, which is beginning to see its star decline.

  • ScienceBLVR

    February 10, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    Communism Education Task Force? It’s like something out of a Duplass Brothers movie..half expect Sacha Baron Cohen to pop out and say our legislators are making all this cra@ up! Teachers are about fed up with the constant attacks, too.

  • PeterH

    February 10, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    ……and Florida residents are wondering why the school system is short 7000 teachers and forced to hire college dropouts with a minimum of two years of college to baby sit our K-12 students! Soon Florida will be just like Mississippi and Alabama!

  • My Take

    February 10, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    The education system of North Korea probably has some good examples of how to teach propaganda as history. The old Soviet system was undoubtedly a master at it.

    • Sally B

      February 12, 2024 at 5:54 pm

      You should know, Comrade!

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 12, 2024 at 10:39 pm

        Everyone should know their history. You sound like either a bot or a plant. Which is it?

  • MarvinM

    February 10, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    There are actually a couple of your sentences I agree with.

    But certainly not this one:

    “Right now, I will take Putin over Biden and his entire cabinet.”

    How can you possibly mean that? What has Biden done that is so bad it’s worse than Putin? If you are going to reply, please give me specifics.

    Putin is a dangerous authoritarian. He represents a way of life that puts personal freedoms under his boot – sometimes, he might release the boot and let you have them, but then, he’ll stamp it down and cut them off. And because of the governmental structure (that he in part engineered), if you were a citizen under Putin, you would basically have no recourse to redress your issue. Russia ain’t the old Soviet Union (although apparently Putin would like it to be, hence invading Ukraine) but Russians today still absolutely do not enjoy the freedoms we do here in America.

    Like I said, if you reply to me, reply with specifics – why would you take Putin over Biden? Because as I see it, supporting Putin is supporting authoritarianism over freedom, and supporting Biden is supporting freedom. So, I just want to know, which side are you on?

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 10, 2024 at 5:01 pm

      Agreed. We have to assume a sentient being who would voluntarily choose Putin rather than Biden has become a victim of Extreme Deranged Trump Syndrome. I recommend this sad individual immediately cut off all one-way communication with Tucker Carlson. Then, seek qualified professional help — and steer clear of Dr. Phil.

  • Andy

    February 10, 2024 at 8:32 pm

    Better teach them about Fascism, so they can decide if they still want to follow the GOP

    • Michael K

      February 11, 2024 at 9:50 am

      It should henceforth be known as the POP – the Party of Putin.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 12, 2024 at 11:33 am

        Trump is clearly Putin’s Pocket Pussy

  • Linwood Wright

    February 12, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Kindergartners will just see it as “sharing” and probably embrace the idea.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 12, 2024 at 5:54 pm

      Give this person the Insight of the Week award.

  • KathrynA

    February 13, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Why in heaven’s name would we teach early elementary about this and why are we teaching this when the entire MAGA world seems to be behind Trump and his support of Trump; rather than decent, democratic countries. Can we teach about democracy? That seems to be more badly needed!

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 14, 2024 at 11:26 am

      Indoctrination — in a word.

  • Joe

    February 14, 2024 at 9:48 am

    Yet another UF RepubliQan dickbag doing his very best to destroy the state’s public education because of his ridiculous fears of the “COMMUNISM” boogeyman!

  • rick whitaker

    February 15, 2024 at 11:47 am

    when blind submission to the oppression of christianity is taught and pushed from birth, people tend to fear everything outside their small minded world. maga white christian nationalist don’t allow any competition

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