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Scholars reject new AP history exam for ‘pervasive anti-patriotism . . . focus on America’s shortcomings’

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College professors from across the country are taking a stand against what they call bias in history standards of a new Advanced Placement exam.

In an open letter to the College Board, 55 scholars argue that the revised test focuses only on America’s shortcomings, according to Fox News.

Part of the letter reads:

The new framework is organized around such abstractions as “identity,” “peopling,” “work, exchange, and technology,” and “human geography” while downplaying essential subjects, such as the sources, meaning, and development of America’s ideals and political institutions, notably the Constitution. Elections, wars, diplomacy, inventions, discoveries—all these formerly central subjects tend to dissolve into the vagaries of identity-group conflict.

Susan Hanssen, University of Dallas history professor, said on “Fox and Friends” that “there’s kind of a pervasive anti-patriotism that’s being taught in schools.”

“In the past two years, the new guidelines have made it abundantly clear that there’s bias in the teaching of AP U.S. history courses,” Hanssen said.
Pointing out that there are only three references to the Constitution in the index of the 70-page exam guide, Hanssen notes “we are teaching cynicism” to a younger generation.

“There’s no discussion of limited government, checks and balances, the idea of natural rights, the idea of the laws of nature and nature’s God. There’s a real gap in the teaching of American history,” she said.

Speaking on the growing trend of “start-ups” in education, including homeschooling, charter schools and classical education academies, Hanssen warned, “There’s going to be very little independent thinking at these independent schools if they submit to a government monopoly in the teaching of history.”

Frieda Powers

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