By Carly Moran (The Center Square)
Arizona students will graduate from high school with a history of communism.
Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2008, a bill previously I tried the last session. Presented by the State Representative. Quang Nguyen, R-Prescott and co-sponsor of House Majority Leader Ben Thomas, R-Peoria, the bill requires public school students to look critically at the mistakes of the communist past.
HB 2008“Requires high school social science academic standards to include a comparative discussion of political ideologies that run counter to the principles of freedom and democracy, which are essential to the founding principles of the United States.”
After a controversial vote in the US Senate, the bill was passed 16-12.
The bill stems from Nguyen’s experience as a refugee from communist-ruled Vietnam.
“After growing up in Vietnam and experiencing three communist invasions, I feel a deep love and appreciation for the United States and its freedoms, which are guaranteed to all,” he said. Nguyen. “My intention is for Arizona students to graduate with such appreciation for what it means to be an American.”
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Tom’s family fled communist Romania. Both have expressed concern about the effects of communism on their families and want American students to understand in a similar way.
“This update of civic standards will help ensure that our students are taught the brutal facts of oppressive communist systems and how they are fundamentally opposed to America’s founding principles,” Nguyen said.
The bill refers to the State Board of Education: “Currently, the statute instructs SBE to include personal finance and American civic education in the academic standards for social sciences in high school. The statute also requires high school students to answer at least 60 questions correctly on the required civic test to complete.
States have recently become a battleground for educational content. Unlike Arizona’s recently passed laws, the governor of California. Gavin Newsom signed AB101 last October. The bill requires all public high schools to include a course in ethnic sciences as part of the state’s diploma requirements.
Syndicated with permission from The central square.