Revised AP history standards will push ‘American exceptionalism’

Aug 4, 2015 by

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The board that oversees advanced placement courses for US high school students has revised its US history standards to include a section on “American exceptionalism” after significant backlash from culture conservatives who said the exam wasn’t patriotic enough.

The advanced placement (AP) history framework, revised in 2014, triggered a nationwide debate over how American high schoolers should learn about their nation’s history, pitting conservatives who found the curriculum “anti-American” against teachers and students who rejected the changes as “revisionism”.

In response, the new framework explicitly introduces the concept of “American exceptionalism”, and highlights achievements of US history through this lens. It also includes direct references to the names and roles of the nation’s founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin – a flashpoint in the debate. It does, however, maintain roughly the same number of references to slavery as the 2o14 exam.

“Every statement in the 2015 edition has been examined with great care based on the historical record and the principled feedback the College Board received,” the College Board said in a statement posted on their website on Thursday. “The result is a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history that remains faithful to the requirements that colleges and universities set for academic credit.”

Source: Revised AP history standards will push ‘American exceptionalism’ | Education | The Guardian

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    Ned

    I’ll wait till I SEE this. They were caught red handed with their SOCIAL POLITICS for the AP exam. The TEXT books will not CHANGE that fast. The TEST books are all about SOCIAL POLITICS and events are unimportant UNLESS they can ramp up race warfare, class warfare, anti-immigration, anti-capitalism and totally erase the impact of Christianity on the founding of our country.

    If you LOVE Obama, you will appreciate his world view in your child’s history book! I have never seen such a failure as a human being and one who literally HATES this country. His “radical transformation” is trashing our country.

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