The Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has entered the critical race theory debate and has effectively stopped the indoctrination dead in its tracks. On April 5th, Noem signed an executive order that bans the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.
The move to ban critical race theory has been picking up steam throughout the country this year and last, which has led to many states passing laws regarding the education of minors and parental rights. Kristi Noem is continuing the fight with this new order.
Noem released a statement regarding the order saying, “Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms. Our children will not be taught that they are racists or victims, and they will not be compelled to feel responsible for the mistakes of their ancestors. We will guarantee that our students learn America’s true and honest history – that includes both our triumphs and our mistakes.”
The order details the process for ensuring CRT is not taught in schools. The order demands critical race theory be removed from schools by October 1st, 2022. The order also tasks the Department of Education to look into all South Dakota content standards to remove and replace any “inherently divisive content.” According to the order, “inherently divisive content” is content that violates the Civil Rights act.
After signing the order, Governor Noem wrote a statement regarding the current state of history. She explained that the State of South Dakota is rich with history, and so is the United States. She explained some of the reasoning for this order by saying, “At times, history can be a refreshing reminder that the difficulties that we face are not wholly unique. There are often corollaries in the past, lessons to be learned from situations that mirror the present challenges that we face.”
Governor Noem continued, “Our children should learn America’s true and honest history. I hope that it will inspire them to accomplish incredible things with their lives and to always recognize that all of their peers are just as valuable as they are — no better and no worse. We all have incredible opportunities in this Land of the Free. The lessons from our past should inspire us to reach for those opportunities and teach us the mistakes to avoid along the way.”
As parents across the country continue to push the envelope, changes to education continue to happen. It shows just how effective grassroots activism can be and just how much angry parents can get done.
Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms. I signed an Executive Order today to block Critical Race Theory at K-12 public schools in South Dakota.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 5, 2022