Two representatives in Palm Beach County, Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, are co-sponsoring a bill that would add the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001 to the list of required topics taught in Florida public schools.
Abruzzo told HuffPost Miami, "Similar to what I learned in school about Pearl Harbour, I want to make sure our young people are taught about 9/11."
Florida Statute 1003.42 already mandates that students are taught expected topics like the fundamentals of U.S. history, flag education, and the history of the state in addition to core curriculum. But it also includes more curious topics like kindness to animals, principles of agriculture, and character development in regards to attentiveness, patience, and initiative.
While all of these mandated required instruction areas are worthwhile topics, some believe the growing list is too taxing on a school system consistently drained of its human and fiscal resources.
After two representatives wanted to add suicide prevention and teen-dating violence to the statue last year, the Ledger ran a plea to trim the expanding list.
It is understandable the Legislature looks to the schools to educate our children on everything from the Bill of Rights to teenage pregnancy to charity and honesty. ...Yet it is impossible not to empathize with our school boards and administrators, who must find the class time and materials to address this ever-growing compendium of required subjects. Where can these be incorporated into the core curriculum of reading, math, science, social studies and language arts? And if time can be found, how do our schools pay for new teaching materials?
Politicians do not outline how the topics should be covered or tested. In regards to 9/11 curriculum, Abruzzo said "we're leaving it up to [the Department of Education] to determine how it is taught. The bill simply states they have to teach it -- we're not mandating a way to do it."
Naked Politics reports that in addition to 9/11, Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, and Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, have also filed legislation to add financial literacy to Florida Statute 1003.42. We know a few people in D.C. and on Wall Street who could use such a refresher.