The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the teaching of the dangers of communism in schools, using testimonials from those who fled it after suffering first-hand under the yoke of this totalitarian system.
In the K-12 education system, there must be an illustration of the evils caused by Marxist ideology and how it “conflicts with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States,” said Rep. Judy Burges (R-Skull Valley) according to OAN June 28.
For years, intelligence services and various senior officials have pointed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the country’s greatest threat. Both Arizona and Florida bring the notion of this reality to elementary and secondary education.
“The reality is that one of the biggest threats facing the world today is communism and totalitarianism,” said Rep. Jake Hoffman (R-Queen Creek), Maricopa County, according to regional media outlet Tucson.com.
He added, “We have governments like the communist Chinese, whose stated goal is to be the world’s sole superpower, and they will achieve that goal by any means possible.”
Hoffman argues that it is vital for students to hear “real testimonies of people who escaped from those kinds of governments and now live here and enjoy the blessings of this country.”
Daniel Hernandez (D-Tucson) opposed the bill, arguing that it was alleged white nationalism that was the biggest threat to the country.
The forceful counterargument came from Rep. Quang Nguyen (R-Ariz. D1), who fled communism in Vietnam.
“White nationalism didn’t drown 250,000 Vietnamese in the South China Sea. Communists did,” Nguyen said.
He added: “White nationalism did not execute 86,000 South Vietnamese at the fall of Saigon. Communists did. White nationalism did not put me here. Communism did.”
He also stressed, “If we don’t stand up to teach communism to our children, we’ll lose this country.”
The goal of the curriculum is to prepare young people to be “civically responsible and knowledgeable adults” capable of preserving and defending “the blessings of liberty.”
On the other hand, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) signed an executive order that also calls for teaching students about the evils of communism and highlighting the motivations of those fleeing that system.
“Why would somebody flee across shark infested waters, say leaving from Cuba, to come to southern Florida?” he questioned. “Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.”
Also, the Arizona bill, which now moves to the Senate, prohibits teaching that a person’s race, ethnicity, or sex determines their moral character or makes them responsible for acts committed by the same group.
Penalties involve a $5,000 fine for the school district and the instructor’s loss of a teaching certificate when this law is violated.