Noem announces legislation that would block Action Civics

PIERRE, SD (KELO) – Governor Kristi Noem has released a bill that would block Action Civics as a base for the education of South Dakota students.

“Our founding fathers wanted the American people to be well educated in our system of government, so that our students would learn to participate,” Governor Kristi Noem said. “As John Adams said, ‘Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.’ However, they should not be forced to choose one political ideology over another, nor be forced to demonstrate or lobby as part of their education. In South Dakota, we will focus on education, not indoctrination. “

Action Civics has its supporters and its opponents.

An essay in the “Constitutionalist” describes Action Civics as “a standards-aligned, youth-centered curriculum that asks students to think about what they value and teaches them how to act on those values. Rather than act on those values. Given a topic to act on, students learn to examine the issues facing their communities, cities, towns, states, or countries, identify options that allow their voices to be heard, and imagine possible solutions.

The Constitutionnalist is an online editor which, according to its website, is “dedicated to the intellectual and political work of constitutional democracy.” Our authors are open to a range of political perspectives, but we are united by a deep understanding of the constitutional endeavor – namely, we believe that constitutions are supported not only by law, but also by civil society and norms. civic.

“Some critics argue that civic action prioritizes activism over content knowledge. It also minimizes the role of traditional political processes. Instead, students should be educated on the facts about government and encouraged to choose their own level of participation, ”according to the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

USC Rossier also claims that active civic education programs are rooted in research and result in greater civic knowledge and increased civic engagement later in life.

The Heritage Foundation has published several opinion pieces criticizing Active Civics, claiming it teaches children how to be protesters and activists without learning to deeply examine different social and political causes. Essays often link active civic education with Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Last week, Noem called on the South Dakota legislature to declare what cannot be presented or discussed in public schools, state technical colleges and state universities.

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