Two Republican state lawmakers are proposing bills that would require high school students to watch a politically conservative film about U.S. history.
The movie America: Imagine the World Without Her by author Dinesh D'Souza takes on what D'Souza sees as left wing ideology included in history classes.
State Rep. Neil Combee of Polk County and State Sen. Alan Hayes of Umatilla believe the movie should be required viewing for students.
"There are a lot of people that spend time running the country down." Combee said. He believes the film puts America in a more positive light.
"America really is the best nation on earth in the history of the earth and kids deserve to know that," Combee said.
Some disagree the move should required viewing, though.
"I view him as a propagandist," said Florida history author Billy Townsend of Lakeland.
Townsend believes making the film required viewing is a horrible idea.
"I am not sure why a conservative wants to force children to watch a for-profit movie," he said. "It doesn't make any sense."
Because the movie takes on current politics, including criticism of President Barack Obama, many people view the film is political propaganda. Combee brushed aside the argument.
"That argument can go on with this movie, it can go on with textbooks, it can go on with periodicals. There is no end to it," he said.