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 radical, politically 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.
“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.