Governor Noem requests delay on social studies standards revisions
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has directed the Department of Education to delay the process of revising the state’s social studies standards up to one year.
“The Department of Education changed the working group’s recommendations to the social studies standards significantly, but it is clear to me that there needs to be more public input to bring greater balance and emphasis on our nation’s true and honest history,” Noem said in a statement. “Following public feedback from several constituencies, it is clear there is more work to be done to get this right.”
According to Noem, the delay on the draft will allow time for public input, increase legislative engagement, and for additional voices to be heard.
“Our focus remains the same: ensuring that South Dakota students learn a true and honest account of American and South Dakota history,” Noem added.
Governor Noem intends to ask the South Dakota legislature to pass legislation codifying Executive Order 2021-11, which will ban critical race theory and action civics as the basis for instruction in South Dakota schools.
Last month, educators charged with crafting new state social studies standards claimed Noems’ administration deleted many elements about Native American history and culture from their draft.