Skip to comments.Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools
Posted on 07/25/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said hell propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.
A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday.
Republican Alan Hays said hell introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.
The plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because DSouza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obamas America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.S. president Barack Obama.
America, the movie, espouses a conservative point of view toward telling history. D'Souza takes on leftist arguments that portray the U.S. in a negative light, and he specifically attacks Howard Zinn, author of the book A Peoples History of the United States, often considered the most widely used history book in U.S. academia. The movie shows actors Matt Damon and Woody Harrelson praising the book.
Hays said the purpose of his proposal is to introduce more balance into Florida schools.
I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, Wow, our students need to see this. And its my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before theyre asked to vote on the bill, Hays said.
Those who oppose the plan are also likely to point out that DSouza could be headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally promising to reimburse some people who donated to a friends Senate campaign. DSouza faces up to two years for that transgression and he will be sentenced in September.
Nevertheless, the bill could pass, given that Republicans hold a substantial majority in Floridas Senate and House of Representatives, and Gov. Rick Scott is also a Republican.
Ive looked at history books and talked to history teachers and the message the students are getting is very different from what is in the movie, Hays said. Its dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism.
To that end, Hays said he wouldnt object if teachers paired America with a liberal film to show the political differences. Indeed, many schools already show Al Gores An Inconvenient Truth and some of Michael Moores left-leaning films, though its certainly more unusual to actually require the viewing of a particular movie, as Hays intends with his bill.
The most dreaded disease in America today is political correctness. We need to inform our students of our whole history, and teach them how to think, not what to think, Hays said. Let them talk with their teachers, their peers and their parents, then draw their own conclusions. But they need both sides, and this movie shows a side they just arent seeing.
Hays said his intent is to reach out to charitable groups that would supply schools with the necessary copies of the movie so as not to burden Florida taxpayers.
Why not? Many had to watch Algores lying excrement bag.
Go for it. The lib teachers will go NUTS!
Not just should the movie be mandated viewing, but Dinesh D’Souza’s books should be mandated reading in schools and colleges.
Get “America” folded into Common Core standards. Then watch the liberals back away from Common Core. [:)]
Were already dealing with liberals and homosexuals pushing their propaganda on the kids. I dont care how truthful america may be. It sets a bad precedent for lawmakers to require school kids to see this stuff.
Lol! This guy better have his tax records in order...
Home school and keep your children away from all government influence.
Save it, we’re terminally blinded to recognizing a slippery slope.
“Go for it. The lib teachers will go NUTS!”
That already being for the most part accomplished, the goal is to have them in derision.
Is it really out on dvd already? Where can I get a copy?
State senator Alan Hayes lead the effort to send Florida delegates to the Assembly of States. The third meeting is this coming December, and will hopefully settle on parliamentary rules for a State convention to propose constitutional amendments.
States have a duty to instill love of country in their public schools.
The liberals dictate almost all the books used in schools and have even banned the Bible. Every subject from History to Biology is controlled by the liberals and our children are taught that out Founding Fathers were racist and sexist slave owners and are then told about the so called Theory of Evolution and they are never taught the Truth of Creation.
They’ll show it allright. They’ll pause it every 5 minutes, and add their commentary about how it’s all lies and evil Republican propaganda.
This is a stupid election year stunt.
The left will then demand that students watch some lefty movie.
If we can have Heather Has Two Mommies in our public schools, then why not America?