Teachers Threatened Over Contents of New AP US History Exam

PolitiChicks.comEarlier this year, in March, I wrote a piece about the new and not so improved AP US history curriculum that is brought to us by our favorite “one man Encyclopedia Britannica” and history expert, David Coleman. Wait, can a man who never taught even one class in his entire life be a history expert?

In the Common Core world of education that answer is obviously a resounding yes! After all, the fellow knows more than anyone else when it comes to English Language Arts and Mathematics too!

Reading through the 98 page framework for the new AP US history curriculum will give an impressionable person the idea that George Washington is but a footnote and the architecture of Spanish missions are invaluable.

Those of us who know that’s a lot of bunk will not be surprised to learn that as with all things important these days there is definitely a lack of transparency. Maybe though, to quote the flat broke Hillary Clinton while discussing Benghazi, “what difference does it make” anyway?

It makes a whole lot of difference and if you didn’t think so before, perhaps learning that the AP US history exam must be so controversial that it is being kept under wraps and is only distributed to certified AP US history teachers. That seems normal, right?

What’s not normal is that according to National Review’s Stanley Kurtz is “Those teachers have been warned, under penalty of law and the stripping of their AP teaching privileges, not to disclose the content of the new sample AP U.S. History Exam to anyone.”

If the few sample questions that were included in the AP US history frameworks were any indication our children will not learn anything about the founders unless it involves examples of conflict and identity by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc., according to Kurtz.

Granted, teachers are allowed to choose what examples they want to use, but it would be a great disservice to those students to learn about the Constitution in a truthful and factual way when the framework also insists that the examples must be used to highlight the ideas and concepts behind the official College Board vision which is decidedly not to learn about the founding of this great country but to politicize and polarize one of the greatest historical events of all time?

This test needs to be published and made available to the public. If it is as brilliant as the ever astounding Coleman, himself, then it should stand up to public scrutiny quite well, no?

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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