The new Republican leadership in the Minnesota House wants DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to reject the new social studies standards crafted by the state education department.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Assistant Minority Leader Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, sent a letter to Dayton today urging him to veto the proposed standards. They contend the standards do not reflect “what Minnesotans expect our students to learn and comprehend in the subject areas of history, government and economics.”
In their letter, Daudt and Woodard complained that the standards de-emphasize the contributions of the United States and its economic and political ideals.
“Throughout the entire set of civic and history standards there is virtually no mention of the values of American patriotism,” they wrote.
The GOP leaders also noted that there are no mentions of Osama Bin Laden, the war on terrorism or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Department of Education held a public hearing today in Roseville on the proposed standards, which would serve as the classroom guidelines for public schools throughout the state.