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Janet Finzen

Janet Finzen

Janet Finzen is a long-time educator who lives in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. She was a member of the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission.

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The South Dakota State Capitol, pictured on Nov. 2, 2022. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

South Dakota social studies standards are meaningful, challenging, empowering

By: - November 11, 2022

As an experienced classroom educator, I am excited about the potential of South Dakota‚Äôs proposed social studies standards. They provide a framework for students to gain critical knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding in key areas of history, government, geography, and economics. A strong foundation in social studies is necessary to prepare productive citizens for the future. […]