American heroes missing from possible new curriculum

U.S. History to soon not include American Leaders and Icons

George Washington crossing the Delaware | CREDIT: Wiki Commons
George Washington crossing the Delaware | CREDIT: Wiki Commons

History classes are being forever changed. When I took history class in high school, I learned about Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and the other founding fathers of America and even the spiritual awakening that occurred in America. However, The College Board wants to change the curriculum for AP U.S. History.

The new curriculum leaves out American heroes and icons such as Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr. College Board appears to be painting colonists as bigots and ignores the Greatest Generation who fought to save the world from Nazi Germany according to conservative education activists who have issued a letter calling on The College Board to delay implementation of this new curriculum. Saying a “rising tide of opposition” believes the curriculum will take the nation’s classrooms in a bad direction.

The letter is addressed to the president/CEO of College Board David Coleman. Within the letter they call the curriculum a dramatic departure from the five-page Topic Outline previously used by the College Board to guide the curriculum.

The new curriculum/framework gives a negative view of American history by emphasizing oppressors and exploiters while ignoring the dreamers and entrepreneurs who built our country. “Instead of striving to build a “City upon a Hill,” as generations of students have been taught, the colonists are portrayed as bigots who developed “a rigid racial hierarchy” that was in turn derived from “a strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority.” This new proposed curriculum focuses on the negative aspects of America’s involvement in World War 2 including “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.”

Several teachers have signed their name to the letter and is even calling upon all Americans to sign it as well. Their hope is that College Board will reverse their decision for at least a year and reinstate the “Topic Outline.” College Board examined elements of the Civil War that was required by the Texas Standards that are not in the College Board’s new Framework. An analysis of the Georgia US History Standards revealed 132 Georgia elements that are not in the Framework. Near the end of the letter, they hope that a new committee can be formed to write a balanced study of American history that respects state standards as well as giving students an unbiased picture of their country’s past!

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