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Conservative group criticizes school curriculum in Northland

DULUTH, MN – A controversial event that was scheduled to happen in Duluth has been put on hold.

The “Raise Our Standards: Duluth” event was scheduled to take place on Thursday, but was postponed following feedback from the community and places that did not agree to be hosted.

The “Raise Our Standards” tour is organized by the American Experiment.

According to their website, the event is touted as a way to raise awareness of what they describe as a “leftist and anti-American” program that they say has “taken over” public schools in Minnesota.

The group specifically points out how they believe Critical Race Theory (CRT) is hurting Minnesota students.

The theory examines social, cultural and legal issues and how they relate to race.

The group had hoped to get their message out on a tour of 17 cities in Minnesota this month.

This previously included a stop in Duluth. It is now suspended after organizers said the Northland Country Club and downtown Duluth Holiday Inn told the American Experiment that they would not be hosting the event.

A Duluth Holiday Inn manager said he received feedback from the community and disagreed with the group’s post.

The American Experiment is now struggling to find a place in Duluth that is ready to accommodate them.

In an interview on Wednesday, the leaders of the American Experiment defended their message.

They said their main goal was to educate people about the changes the Minnesota Department of Education drafted for the Kindergarten to Grade 12 social studies curriculum and their impact on optics at through which the breed is taught in schools.

The American Experiment spokesperson said they were disappointed but planned to bring the event back to Duluth later.

“I think they’re a little nervous about it, which is very disappointing. I mean it’s a free exchange of ideas, we’re a think tank, that’s what we do, ”said Bill Walsh, communications director for American Experience.

Duluth Schools Superintendent John Magas said he had also received many comments from parents and staff about the event.

Magazine says he does not support the ideologies or views of this group and is proud of the community’s voice.

“I think the response from the community has shown that they are not very enthusiastic about people coming in and spreading this misinformation,” said Superintendent Magas. “I think it shows resilience, strength and fairness as a community.”

Magazine said it is important to examine our nation’s history and how it has shaped or affected culture.

He said the district’s goal is to educate its students fairly, regardless of their background.

A Raise Our Standards event is still scheduled for Thursday in Hibbing.

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