Evidently the Governor doesn’t think the fine arts and career and technical education are part of the radical leftist scheme to turn kinds in critical-race-theorizing civic activists. Bob Mercer reports the Department of Education will proceed with its planned public hearings on the revised K-12 curriculum standards for those two areas this school year, starting with the already-once-delayed October 25 hearing here in Aberdeen.
But we’re probably just one absurdist National Review write-up away from Kristi’s crashing that party, too. Just look at all the “leftist” language oozing from the career and technical education standards in the Human Services Cluster:
- CRM 1.2 and IHS 2.2: “Examine current social issues…”—Yikes! Critical race theory is a current social issue; that standard opens the door wide for an investigation of how institutional racism may affect consumer services.
- CRM 2.1: “Summarize consumer rights and responsibilities”—”Consumer rights” are the starting point of regulating businesses, and regulating businesses is part of the leftist plot to socialize all enterprises and redistribute wealth.
- CRM 3.2: “Investigate consumer trends for sensitivity to cultural, socio-economic, religious, generational, disability, and gender issues.”—”Sensitivity” is a leftist snowflake word, and the last thing we want is courses discussing race and sex and other consumer trends that could encourage students to take positions against the purveyors of discrimination!
- IHS 3.1: “Summarize ethical, legal, safety, and diversity issues in Human Services.”—Diversity?! (the word “diverse” also sneaks into LC 1.3, LC 2.1–2.3, and NS 2.1.
- NW 1.2: “Analyze the effects of psychological, cultural, economic and social influences on food choices and other nutrition practices.”—Critical race theory has significant implications on our study of what we eat and why we eat it. We can’t have that.
Then look at the Bolshevism leftists are cultivating in the CTE Agriculture, Foods, and Natural Resources Cluster:
- ITA 3.1: “Classify different types of natural resources to enable protection, conservation, enhancement, and management in a particular geographical region.”—Enabling protection and conservation of natural resources is hippie tree-hugging writ large.
- ITA 3.2: “Explore South Dakota fish and wildlife species and investigate their ecological needs.”—Come on, critters have one need: they need to feed us people! Suggesting animals have any other needs is PETA code for animal rights. (And ecology is hippie code for Gaia worship!)
- FAM 7.5, AgS 9.5, AST 7.5, AdS 8.5, ADAn 9.5, CA 7.5, HORT 8.5…: “Research and analyze how public policy, laws, and advocacy impact agricultural systems and agricultural literacy.” And off we go discussing systemic racism in the USDA and banking.
- ANR 6.2: “Compare the various production methods of alternative energy resources, both renewable and nonrenewable, and their relations to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.”—An honest and true conservative can’t even read that standard, let alone sit through a class teaching to it, without breaking out in hives.
That’s just two of the six clusters within CTE, and we’re already hip-deep in hippie-talk. And we’re not even to the deepest, darkest, densest den of hippie iniquity, the fine arts, whose final anchor standard demands that students “Relate artistic ideas and work with societal, historical, cultural, and personal context to deepen understanding.” To fulfill that leftist call (because leftists are always looking at things in their fullest context), the theater arts call on impressionable sixth graders to “examine contemporary social, cultural, or global [!!] issues” and direct the top high schoolers to “explore how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of a dramatic/theatrical work” and “create an original work that provides new perspective on cultural, global [again!!], and/or historic belief systems.” Those darn theater people would literally put critical race theory in the spotlight, urging students to write and perform original plays that expose bias and oppressive beliefs.
Jeepers, Kristi, all the social studies standards do is mention Indians more often than the DOE can stand.
Those darn leftists running South Dakota education have tricked Kristi and the conservative watchdogs again! Knowing the Noem Administration and her fellow warped 1776 pledgers are fixated on civics education, Paul Harens‘s theater friends must have told Harens to pencil “Oceti Sakowin” into the social studies standards a few extra times to distract the Governor while they turned the fine arts and CTE standards into Greta and Ibram Go to the Food Co-op!
Kristi Noem must fix this fiasco! If she wants to retain any 2024 primary cred whatsoever as an honest and true defender of our
whites rights, she must immediately suspend the Marxification of the fine arts and CTE standards, just as she has suspended the review of those leftist social studies standards.