Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Monday requiring Sunshine State students to learn about “victims of communism” in high school.
Starting in the 2023-2024 academic year, high school students enrolled in U.S. government courses will receive at least 45 minutes of instruction each November 7 explaining how “the victims of poverty, hunger, migration, systemic fatalities suffered under these regimes through violence and repression. Speech.”
DeSantis signed the law at the Freedom Tower in Miami, where 650,000 Cubans were processed after fleeing their homeland following Fidel Castro’s capture of power in 1959.
“I think this tower is a reminder that freedom is not free, that you have to fight for your rights and that there are a lot of people out there who would love nothing more than to put you under some sort of oppression,” DeSantis said. said. ,
DeSantis said the new bill would seek to combat “tremendous ignorance” among young Americans about the history of the ideology and its impact in different parts of the world.
The new law would allocate $25 million for the renovation of the Freedom Tower and rename three streets for Cubans who opposed Castro.
The “Victims of Communism Day” bill was introduced by incoming Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, who will assume that role next month.
“It’s our job to have this tower erected, so that the next generation can be taught a lesson so that they understand the value of freedom and the dangers of communism,” Diaz said on Monday.