From 2010 to 2020, white folks declined from 85.9% of South Dakota’s population to 80.7%. The racial/ethnic breakdown of our K-12 student population given in the new 2020–2021 state school report card indicates that pale percentage will continue to shrink:
Of course, that assumes that those kids all stick around South Dakota. DOE says that last year, South Dakota’s white and Hispanic high school graduates were slightly less likely to seek higher education out of state than grads from other ethnic/racial groups. Slightly more likely to go to college elsewhere were Asian and American Indian students:
Wherever they are going, the DOE says only 57% of our students are finishing high school ready for college or careers. Among white students, that percentage is 65%; that’s the only ethnic/racial subgroup where we’re getting a majority of kids ready for life after high school:
Non-white students make up 28% of our student population, and we are failing to prepare a majority of that growing minority for adult learning and work. I don’t think fussing with the social studies standards or crusading against “critical race theory” is going to solve that problem.