|Woodard (left) and Daudt don't believe the state's new standards reflect "what Minnesotans expect our students to learn." A judge disagrees.|
An administrative law judge has ruled that despite the MNGOP's worries, the state's new social studies standards won't turn Minnesota's youth into a bunch of jihadists after all.
In her ruling, Judge Barbara Nelson called the new standards "needed and reasonable," adding that "It is inevitable that there will be disagreement between people about the content that should be included in academic standards, particularly where, as here, the subject matter involves such controversial topics as economics, history, government, and 'human' geography."THE BACKSTORY: MNGOP leaders want Dayton to veto insufficiently patriotic social studies standards
Judge Nelson was asked to weigh in on the matter after a group of conservatives, including House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Assistant Minority Leader Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, wrote a letter to Governor Dayton complaining that the Department of Education's new social studies standards make "virtually no mention of the values of American patriotism."More »