David Coleman, the architect of Common Core (Nevada Academic Content Standards) is now miraculously president of the College Board. The College Board is responsible for is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the high school Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
STARTING IN THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR THE AP US HISTORY (APUSH) CLASS AND TEST WILL BE CHANGED.
The new APUSH class will, “EXPAND ON THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS FROM 1491 TO 1607 AND FROM 1980 TO THE PRESENT..."
“THE NEW FRAMEWORK INCULCATES A CONSISTENTLY NEGATIVE VIEW OF THE NATION'S PAST."
Larry Krieger is a former AP teacher who has received NUMEROUS AWARDS FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD.
Mr. Krieger WRITES:
• “As we have documented, the Framework systematically ignores key leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Unit 5 continues this shameful pattern of omission by reducing Abraham Lincoln’s career to two brief fragments. The Framework apparently believes that the only things students need to know about Lincoln is that he was elected president in 1860 and issued the Emancipation Proclamation three years later. For reasons that are not explained, the College Board Framework omits the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural, and his Reconstruction Plan.”
• “The Framework actually devotes as much attention and classroom time to pre-Columbian native populations as it does to the Civil War. The Framework’s superficial and uninspired coverage of the Civil War is an affront to the over 600,000 Americans who died in an epic struggle that historian Eric Foner calls ‘the central moment in American history.’”
• “The College Board’s decision to delete Theodore Roosevelt is outrageous, inexplicable, and unacceptable.”
• “The Framework concludes Unit 7 with a hopelessly inadequate four-sentence section on World War II. World War II literally appears out of nowhere. The Framework provides no discussion of the rise of fascist aggression in Japan and Europe. As a result, students are not expected to learn about the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, the Munich Conference, the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the Lend-Lease Act, or Hitler’s atrocities against Jews and other groups.” A direct quote from the new APUSH, “Wartime experiences, such as the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values.”
• “The Framework authors devote the following sentence to the wars in Korea and Vietnam: ‘The United States sought to “contain” Soviet-dominated communism through a variety of measures including military engagements in Korea and Vietnam’. The decision to combine the Korean War and the Vietnam War into a single sentence is historically untenable and pedagogically confusing.”
• “The Framework briefly turns its attention to what it calls, ‘the attacks on September 11, 2001.’ The Framework never attributes these attacks to Al Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist organization led by Osama bin Laden. We are then told that following the September 11 attacks, ‘U.S. decision-makers launched foreign policy and military efforts against terrorism and lengthy, controversial conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.” This sweeping statement continues the Framework’s pattern of ignoring the valor and sacrifices of American servicemen and women.”
• “…the Framework concludes Unit 9 and thus the course. Instead of ending with the historic election of the nation’s first African-American president or with a section on America’s role in creating the computer revolution and the Internet, the Framework ends with this statement: ‘Demographic changes intensified debates about gender roles, family structures, and racial and national identity. The Framework then grants teachers the flexibility to discuss the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell debate.’”
It gets worse…the College Board states: “On the revised [AP] exam, all questions are derived from the courses stated learning objectives.” In other words, IF A TEACHER WANTS THEIR STUDENTS TO PASS THE TEST, THEY MUST TEACH COLLEGE BOARD'S NEW (ONE SIDED) VERSION OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
THIS IS WRONG AND MUST BE STOPPED!
There was a national phone call to address the changes to APUSH on 8/04/14; the audio is available HERE.