A paper in Mankato took issue with the Center for the American Experiment’s Raise Our Standards tour. The Raise Our Standards tour has been traveling around to various towns in Minnesota. The tour has already undergone much scrutiny and at one stop protesters showed up. As reported by The Minnesota Sun, a Black Lives Matter activist was arrested for ripping an “All Lives Matter” button off a participant at the Moorhead stop of the Center for the American Experiment Raise Our Standards tour. They also ran into issues with their venue for the Duluth stop.
The tour is supposed to “counter the ‘woke’ political movement invading Minnesota’s public schools, turning them into ideological battlegrounds and threatening the quality of our children’s education.”
The article in the Mankato Free Press opens by saying, “Although pitchforks and clubs may not be in plain sight during stops of the Raise Our Standards tour, an undercurrent of the angry mob is alive and well.” The article goes on to say that, “The center’s tour isn’t meant to inform. It is meant to incite. The center doesn’t present facts in context. It feeds audiences inflammatory statements. The center’s presentation doesn’t attempt to find common ground. It repeats buzzwords that the right-wing movement is equating with ‘indoctrination,’ so terms such as equity, equality and social justice take on a negative connotation.”
The Center for the American Experiment wrote that the article shows the bias of the editorial board of the paper. “The board blindly defends the Minnesota Department of Education when they claim their intentions are not to interject critical race theory into the standards.”
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Hayley Tschetter is a reporter with The Minnesota Sun | Star News Network and The College Fix. She graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Send news tips to [email protected]
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