RCAS School Board Meet-and-Greet held Monday afternoon
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Four candidates for the Rapid City School Board came out for a meet-and-greet with voters Monday afternoon.
Much of the conversation centered around history and civics.
Deb Baker, Gabe Doney, Kate Thomas, and Breanne Funke represented different areas but hold similar beliefs.
The candidates believe parents should have more control over what their children are taught, that critical race theory should not be adopted in the school system, and that civics should play a larger role – as well as the need to return to in class teaching five days a week without restrictions.
They similarly shared the belief that children should not be taught what to learn, but how to learn. Baker believes new curriculum changes could negatively affect education, as she says South Dakotan students are already in the bottom 50 percentile in the country for reading, writing, and math.
“There’s a lot of us that feel that we need to get back to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and we feel that that’s important,” said Area 3 candidate, Gabe Doney. “Going into society, we’re building our future leaders here locally, from a state sense, and also from a national sense. So knowing what our kids are being taught and how they’re being taught, and teaching them how to think and not what to think, is important to us.”
Candidates also believe proposed curriculum changes are not what the majority of parents even want. They say only around 11% of Rapid City voted in the last school board election – so they are encouraging people to get to the polls, and use wisdom when voting.