South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is coming out swinging against the controversial teachings of critical race theory in schools. On Monday, the Republican governor sent a letter to the South Dakota Board of Regents asking that they ban the state’s universities from promoting this teaching. The letter also asked that the board ban the teaching of The New York Times’ 1619 Project.
President Biden’s Plans
The Biden administration is currently considering the idea of giving schools additional funding if they are proactive about adopting critical race theory, which they refer to as antiracist curriculum. As a result of the consideration, several states are examining passing legislation to protect their rights to keep these controversial teachings out of schools.
Details of Noem’s Letter
It is important to note that Noem’s request does not carry any legal weight. However, it signals that she is not going to back down from the push by the federal government to include these teachings throughout the nation.
Noem explained that she wanted the Board of Regents to institute policies that promote honest and patriotic education at South Dakota universities. According to Noem, this is how future generations will understand the complete context of American history.
The basic tenets of critical race theory teach that racism and white supremacy are still affecting oppressed groups in the country today. The 1619 Project supports the critical race theory teachings by reframing how the history of the country between 1619 to 1776 is taught.
This academic movement has gained steam among civil rights scholars and activists since it was first introduced in the 1970s.