(CitizensOutpost) There’s a new California assembly bill that would require students to learn that Russia hacking was part of the reason Donald Trump was elected.
Democratic California Assemblyman Marc Levine plans to introduce the “Pravda Act of 2017″ within the next few weeks. Pravda is Russian for “truth.”
“Students need to understand how [President] Trump’s policies are colored by the way he rose to power,” Levine told The Hill Monday. “We have a duty to history to make it remember the Kremlin’s decision to hand pick a candidate.”
The bill would require the state Board of Education ensure that school curricula “educate California students about Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” But its reach may go beyond California, given that Californian textbooks are often used across the country due to the large student population within the state.
In an effort that seems a bit premature, this is effectively a lawmaker’s attempt at educating the masses on a topic that is still in the process of being disputed.
“Textbooks approved in our state are used throughout the country,” said Levine in a statement last Tuesday. “Through this legislation, we can make sure students in California and across the United States receive accurate information about the 2016 presidential election.”
If this bill passes, a highly contested Russian hacking narrative would get circulated to textbooks potentially across the entire nation. In a digital age where information and debate is constantly in flux, this seems very presumptuous and political in nature. Perhaps more time should be allowed for the truth to prevail amidst accusations of scandal, rather than perpetuating a disputed narrative as fact.