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Noem Replaces Another Educator with Party Hack on Board to Rubber Stamp Hillsdale Standards

To salve her wounds over losing her foster-kid-voucher bill, Governor Kristi Noem further stacked the Board of Education Standards to make sure she gets her Hillsdale social studies standards.

With the Board of Education Standards scheduled to hold a public hearing (legally, only the first of four, since the DOE rewrote the standards after Aberdeen and Sioux Falls hearings) in Rapid City Friday on the radicalpolitically flawed, age-inappropriate K-12 social studies standards that Noem hired a conservative professor from Michigan to write, the Governor yesterday announced the immediate appointment of faithful Republican donor and radical anti-abortion advocate Steven Perkins of Sioux Falls to the Board of Education Standards. He replaces Aberdeen school superintendent Dr. Becky Guffin.

What is Perkins’s primary qualification for replacing an experienced and respected public school administrator in this important position? According to the Governor’s news release, his grandpa-hood:

“Steve has grandkids of his own, and he realizes that their future is of the utmost importance,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “He will always put the future of our next generation first in his approach to the Board of Education Standards, and that is why he is a great pick for this role” [Office of the Governor, press release, 2023.02.07].

Yes, because grandpas are the absolute best public policymakers we can find. Just drop by the northside McDonalds in Aberdeen any given morning and sit in with the grandpa think-tank that convenes there, and you’ll see!

Noem replaced another educator with another Republican sycophant last year when she replaced retired special-education teacher and legislator Jacqueline Sly with dentist Richard Meyer. Surely Perkins will race to catch up with Meyer and his new colleagues in reading all 984 pages of written public comment, most of it against the Hillsdale standards, and reviewing the public testimony already given against this flawed document and the flawed process that produced it before exercising the rubber stamp that Governor Noem just handed him.


  1. Dicta 2023-02-08 07:24

    Idiocracy was a documentary

  2. Donald Pay 2023-02-08 08:43

    The only way Noem gets her educational substandards passed is if she engineers a soviet-style politburo of incompetents. The question I have can she find people incompetent enough. Apparently she’s trying hard.

  3. LCJ 2023-02-08 09:46

    Hillsdale saw a 53% increase in admission applications . Rest of country down 13%.

  4. leslie 2023-02-08 11:32

    “Just drop by the northside McDonalds in Aberdeen any given morning and sit in with the grandpa think-tank that convenes there, and you’ll see!”

    In RC during its Dept of Ed public hearing, those red- neck, know-it-all, concealed handgun and open-carry misfits take over entire quarters of Rapid City’s south-side MacDonalds that in the past have been Ray and Joan Kroc’s home-town “largest” volume restaurant in the nation—location, location, location— just off 8th Street, renamed Mt Rushmore Road). Those fat, white, “christian” ex-biker types and sometimes their wives plop down every morning in these grand coffee-rightwing klatches, and boisterously laugh it up with FAUX “NEWS” on every screen for all to overhear. Nearly every morning, or afternoon, or evening.

    You owe it to yourself to temper this grandpa “bullsheit” from Fox that Noem inhales, to invest another hour, after Biden’s STATE OF THE UNION address to the full congress, to watch Rachel Maddow on your TV, who is becoming the next Walter Cronkite.

  5. P. Aitch 2023-02-08 11:48

    Fact Checking Sara Huckabee Sanders’ SOTU Republican response to CRT: Critical race theory is a collection of ideas, not a single doctrine, that explains why racial inequality and disparities persist long after civil rights laws and court rulings barred discrimination. Its opponents use it as a blanket term for any discussion of white privilege, and they have encouraged local school districts to forbid the teaching of anything that addresses systemic racism. Generally, the officials who say they want to ban critical race theory CAN’T point to any examples where it is being taught in K-12 schools. – BostonGlobe

  6. All Mammal 2023-02-08 11:59

    I’ve got my speech ready for Friday. And while I was at it, I wrote my president to let him know he is on fiyah(: In a twisted little way, I am looking forward to the WWE match between the governors of SD and AR to out-holy each other for DJT’s affection. Two trailer park girls, no holds barred. The one time I will be betting Gov. Noem not necessarily out-struts Huck, but jumps off the ropes with a flying elbow cleave for the TKO.

  7. e platypus onion 2023-02-08 12:03

    Noem better start scarfing down more Duhkota beans if she plans to be as gassy and Hucksterbee-Sanders. Admittedly she is close.

  8. P. Aitch 2023-02-08 12:09

    @All Mammal – As one WWE fan to another, Governor Noem is the epitome of a “curtain jerker”.
    Curtain jerker
    – The first wrestler to walk out to the ring in the first match of an event!
    Usually a match which is just to boost up the crowd spirits for the main-event!!
    Win or lose doesnt really matter because there is no title involved.

  9. Arlo Blundt 2023-02-08 12:53

    This Perkins fellow made his money over in Minnesota and doesn’t look like much of a South Dakotan to me. The Noem Administration is prepared to drive the State off the cliff. There are no gaurd rails.

  10. O 2023-02-08 13:46

    Would any other professional board tolerate being populated with this number of members outside their professional ranks? This is fundamentally disrespectful to the profession of education. How transparent that this group no longer has anything to do with the education profession or professional practice.

  11. Dicta 2023-02-08 13:47

    The press release is just ridiculous. It felt like it boiled down to: “He is capable of reproduction and so is his offspring. Put him on the board.”

  12. Mark Anderson 2023-02-08 15:39

    LCJ all you need at Hillsdale is a MAGA hat. Straight As for all the omega males. The Chi Omegas to cheer them on.

  13. Mark Anderson 2023-02-08 18:05

    A few facts. The University of South Dakota notable alumni. 896th in the world, 332nd North America, 310th United States. Hillsdale College. 1469th in the world, 520th North America, 489th United States.
    SOO.. I’m wondering why all the hub bub about Hillsdale in So. Dak? Why not use a real college to come up with this BS. You can use other metrics also and USD always kicks their butts. How about that IAN, your an alumni from a mediocre school.

  14. Mark Anderson 2023-02-08 18:47

    Jeez Cory, I thought I sent this. SDSU is well above Hillsdale also. Notable alumni 1222nd World, North America 440th, United States 413th. It’s just that pesky Snow Queen loves those Hillsdale’s and their mediocrity. Cowbells ringing SDSU is better than Hillsdale. Sorry can’t help myself.

  15. P. Aitch 2023-02-08 19:32

    Hillsdale’s not a real university any more than South Dakota has a real government.
    Follow This Example SD: In Colorado the firing of a librarian in a Republican County (Weld) who objected to cancellation of programs for youth of color and LGBTQ teens was illegal, the state Civil Rights Division concluded. – DenverPost

  16. DaveFN 2023-02-08 21:06

    Can’t find the agenda/timeline for Friday’s meeting.

    Is there a set time when public comments are to begin?


  17. All Mammal 2023-02-08 21:15

    Yes, siree. This collaboration just may alter popular meme culture, P.- I am now convinced a pic of pro-wrestling’s cameo creeper; T-to-the-Rump, in the ring with a thrown in photo shop of the governor..and: “Oh Yeah. You gotta get in your grandstandin and hotdoggin, don’t ya? Oh yeah” =curtain-jerkin fodder meme perfection. //Oompa trumpa wishing he was Macho\\

  18. Lucy M 2023-02-08 21:20

    It’s time for all true educators in public schools K-12 to either resign or teach as they are supposed to and get fired en mass to leave the Snow Queen with hiring enough teachers to fill their places. No one should be bullied by such as her and her minions any longer. Who in this state can make her listen for once>

  19. All Mammal 2023-02-08 23:22

    DaveFN- I think they want to bore us half to death before they actually get to us. No exact time so I’m assuming we go last. 5 hours is crazy and rude to expect people to wait for a four minute comment. I was thinking about bringing a grip of little kids along with because it might be a good time to make a buck babysitting while we wait…

  20. P. Aitch 2023-02-09 05:08

    Good luck to all at the hearing today.

  21. DaveFN 2023-02-09 12:28

    Thank you, A M!

  22. Jake 2023-02-09 13:34

    Yes, good luck and Biden-like speech making for all attendees in opposition to these farcical standards! “Give ’em hell”-like Harry Truman!

  23. John 2023-02-11 22:45

    Yes, Idiocracy was a documentary.
    What kills me is that the US fails to “adult up” to its collective cultural responsibilities for: 1) the slave trade, and 2) the collective crimes against the indigenous, first nations peoples. The Germans owned up to the crimes of their national socialist forebears. Those crimes occurred a mere 70-80 years past. What is so intractable that the US cannot acknowledge and live up making some amends for its crimes dating to 1619. Greed and selfishness are perhaps human’s most powerful motivators.

    Regionally we about ignore the facts leading up to the Dakota War, then the Battle of Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn), or that the Black Hills region belongs to the tribes via a treaty.

    A few Brits are owing up to the crimes their families committed to gather family fortunes. More Americans ought to follow their example – as should the government.

    This is, in a small part, why getting the social studies standards accurate is imperative. Our nation/state cannot tolerate living with a half-told, wishful history.

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