- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2014

Florida Republican State Sen. Alan Hays said Friday that he plans on introducing a bill mandating public high schools and middle schools to integrate Dinesh D’Souza’s new docudrama into their curriculums.

Mr. Hays said he’ll introduce the bill in November, which proposes that the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools be required to show the film “America: Imagine the World Without Her” to students unless parents say otherwise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Hays said the purpose would be to introduce more balance into Florida schools. He intends to reach out to charitable groups to supply schools with the film so the mandate wouldn’t burden Florida taxpayers, he told The Reporter.

“I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature too before they’re asked to vote on the bill,” he said.

“I’ve 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,” Mr. Hays said. “It’s dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism.”

The Republican said he wouldn’t object if teachers paired “America” with a liberal film to show the contrast. The Reporter points out that many schools already show Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” though it’s never been state-mandated.

“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,” Mr. Hays told The Reporter. “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 aren’t seeing.”



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