Surprise, surprise: Common Core masterminds behind new AP U.S. History curriculum

As the Common Core debate rages on, there is a new curriculum parents should be concerned about. The College Board recently rolled out the latest version of its Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) curriculum that some 450,000 high school sophomores and juniors around the U.S. will enroll in this fall. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it now appears as though the curriculum has Common Core written all over it.

The National Review Online’s Stanley Kurtz highlighted the connection in a recent op-ed:

The new AP U.S. History Exam has been issued under the authority of David Coleman, president of the College Board and, not coincidentally, architect of the Common Core. We are witnessing a coordinated, two-pronged effort to effectively federalize all of American K-12 education, while shifting its content sharply to the left.

While the College Board has publicly released a lengthy “framework” for the new AP U.S. History Exam, that framework contains only a few sample questions. Sources tell me, however, that a complete sample exam has be released, although only to certified AP U.S. History teachers. 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

This is clearly an effort to silence public debate over these heavily politicized and illegitimately nationalized standards. If the complete sample test was available, the political nature of the new test would become evident. Public scrutiny of the sample test would also expose potential conflicts between the new exam and existing state standards. This is why the College Board has kept the test secret and threatened officially certified AP U.S. History teachers with severe penalties for revealing the test.

Read the entire article HERE.

The new curriculum has already caught the attention of many educators because of what it chooses to omit. On Monday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn spoke to Ken Mercer of the Texas Board of Education, who explained the new curriculum offers teachers much less leeway in what they can teach.

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On radio this morning, Glenn dove even deeper into the weeds of the curriculum. From removing mention of the Founding Fathers from lesson plans about the American Revolution to painting the U.S. involvement in World War II in a very different light, the new curriculum seemingly paints America in a very negative and biased light.

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  • landofaahs

    Let us pray that some day soon, we can teach our children about democrats being history because people awoke and saw that democrats were frauds, liars, thieves and baby killing abortionist communists.

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    • Anonymous

      landofooze, you are one heckuva typical crazy teabagger.
      You present your opinions.
      I think they are ridiculous and are moronic on their face.
      That should be sufficient rebuttal.

      • BlueMN

        He’s supposedly “pro-life” yet he advocates murdering unarmed children who cross the border. He’s just another Teabagger fanatic and hypocrite.

        • Anonymous

          Being a TeaBagger requires the prerequisite of basic Hypocrisy 101.
          How else to explain rabid christianism accompanied by a virulent and violent animus towards innocent children?

          I expect nothing less from TeaBaggers. And often receive more that I had expected which is always a deeply saddening revelation.

          If you dare, spend some time reading Alex Jones comment threads. They make Beck commenters appearing here as mere weaklings, wannabe’s who couldn’t cut it on the Alex Jones site.

          • walter t wesley

            Mick, have you taken a college history class lately? They are starting our history from the end of the civil war. The teabaggers and Beck commenters prove in simple terms what they believe. I see nothing from you that proves your points. Alex Jones, is this person well known? Never heard of him or her. I question this simple fact that you are not aware of 42 democratic senators have proposed that the 1st amendment be abolished. You will probably find Alex happy about that until he looses his right to freely speak his mind. So Mick tell me learned follower of Alex who tells one side of the story but denies the other side. Tell me how did you earn your freedom to speak your mind freely. I served to give you the right to speak it but you spout Alex Jones as your spokesmen for yourself.

          • Anonymous

            Democrats are like terrorist using children like human shields on an invasion battle field. Democrats systematically exploit children is democrat controlled schools, and in democrat control inner cities.

      • landofaahs

        No examples of your claim. Typical of a democrat “rebutthole”.

      • landofaahs

        Go boil your Tea bag.

    • Julia Yapell

      Read your history…..the Democratic party as we know it today is not even slightly related to the Democratic party of the 60’s.

      • landofaahs

        Sadly, neither is the republican party.

    • Bill Tilghman

      Do these people ever get anything correct? I am finding it hard to believe that they are succeeding at this obvious lying about history. All one really needs to do is investigate source documents written during the period to learn what the truth is about history. None of the supposed historians seem to do their research, preferring instead to propagandize the past. Everything today is politically altered to present a fictional account of events and that is what they want to teach our children and grandchildren.

      If you have children or grandchildren of school age today, be proactive and find out what they are being taught. I did, and I found that my grandkids were being programmed to be little leftists, and that they were told gems like this, “don’t pay attention to your parents, they don’t know anything.”. My 15 year old granddaughter told me a teacher told her that. This is outrageous, and we need to wake up and take this seriously. The liberals are destroying America by brainwashing your children. I know this is not news, but parents need to get more involved – that is how we got two terms of Barack Hussein Obama.

  • ella

    I heard that schools are dropping the Geography classes, now rewriting history course ad the AP exams… Maybe everyone should refuse to take those classes and exams, and refuse to get new coursework. Thank you for exposing this. I know this sounds very simplistic. Some things are simple.

    • Anonymous

      And who did you hear that from?
      Kruzer dude, Sarah Palin, Alex Jones?
      I don’t think there’s a thinking person in this country who doesn’t recognize the value of studying Geography.
      I find it fascinating.
      My study of Geography began in the 4th grade, the first time I saw globe of the planet.
      And noticed that you could take South America and push it towards Africa and it would be a perfect fit. Little did I know that I had discovered plate tectonics.

      Send me the url of the site and I will lobby for keeping Geography. As well as call my reps, senators, et al.

      You know, I heard that Liberals have IQs that are at least 20 points higher than conservatives.

      • walter t wesley

        Mick, really dropping names again? Kruzer dude? Sarah Palin, Alex Jones? Interesting, I agree with you that geography should be pushed back into the schools. So should the pledge of allegiance, prayer and other freedoms that are being taken away. Liberals, IQs that are 20 points higher???? Strange most of the liberals I know grew up smoking pot and now are running our country in high places. If they are so smart why are they not running to fix our country instead of spending your future and my retirement into debt.

  • Anonymous

    This school course brings up a few questions for all Americans. With history not teaching about the founding fathers how do they explain what the 4th of July is? Will there even BE an independence day celebration anymore? With history not talking about Lincoln’s assassination how will they explain why he suddenly left office? It’ll be a neat idea if the lesson plans show history being positive and happy-making but life as we know it will change drastically. Two large changes will be the bookstores will be getting rid of any non-fiction book talking about historical subjects and TV won’t show any history unless it goes along with what people learn in school. Otherwise it’ll just confuse the heck out of everybody.

    • Anonymous

      that is why I have been buying books like crazy, on what is happening in this country now and books on history and our Founders……pass them down to next generations and talk about it to our grandkids…..we should all be doing this to educate them on our history and what is happening… warn them of the college professors……up to us

      • Anonymous

        Where are you getting this from that books are going to be taken away? And that current history books will be rewritten to such an extent that all memories of Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Washington will be expunged?
        Currently the content of text books history are determined by Guv. Perry and the Great State of Texas. They buy so many text books that book sellers determine the content of history books by what Texas, Perry, and Texas school districts want.

        Do you realize that at all?

        It renders your paranoia for what it really is: paranoia.
        Almost all posts here are based on knee-jerk rightwing paranoia.
        It’s sad to realize how pervasive it is.

        • walter t wesley

          Mick, books are being rewritten as we write here. There is a book put out in 1968 which I have where the monuments in the old colonies are slowly being replaced. The message is clear, God and country must be erased. Mick have you ever wondered why the Jefferson memorial was off limits for several months last year. The part that was being repaired was at the top of the memorial. Did you know that the top of the memorial said in latin “In God we trust”. I wonder if it is still there. Most of the memorials of the revolutionary war are being twisted or removed from the public. Check that out, Mick if you want to find the truth.

    • Anonymous

      So you actually think that Common Core will eliminate teaching our earliest history and actually do away with the teaching of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson et al?

      Can you point me to the part of Common Core that advocates that?
      I am thinking you haven’t even read the Common Core Standards.

      I am also thinking your paranoia has completely disabled the part of your thinking apparatus that differentiates you from the great apes. This is a very stupid post. Even for Glenn Beck. You belong on the Alex Jones site. He’s got the paranoid conspiracy thing down to a fine science. And Glenn makes enough money. So share the wealth. Give Alex some too.

      • walter t wesley

        Common Core is a step in making all learning follow a certain path of understanding. Some people will blow it up to say we will lose our history. Sadly this is going on behind our backs and right before our eyes. This is not a Glen Beck diatribe or a Tea Party revolutionary but a concerned history buff who as you find learning exciting. When they complete the books of learning you will find most of the beautiful history of our founding fathers will be gone.

      • Anonymous

        If fiction books are written with plots regarding historical stuff people will still get history lessons. Actually fiction is probably a better way to really understand historical facts because there is a story written around the facts. I looked at the APush website after hearing Glenn and commenting so I have to retract a little bit of yesterday’s comment. People will still be learning history but it looks like names, dates and wars have been smoothed in with pop culture to give everything context. Context is a fantastic way to learn anything. ALL the boring parts of history have been taken out because of the moosh. But at the same time there are names and dates and wars that are part of that context so they need to be included. From what I saw they kinda aren’t. So in an ideal history class maybe both things should be taught, the cool context stuff and the boring war stuff because they are part of why things turned out the way they did. The way we learned stuff back in the day everything was war, war war and more war with a document thrown into the mix every now and then by people the students have to remember the names of on tests.

        • zemla

          Sounds almost like a James michener book

          • Anonymous

            He did a bunch of good but hopelessly long history stories. Another great author who has always written historical fiction is Ann Rinaldi. Have you ever read anything by her? She wrote histories of all kinds of times but most of the books are either set during the American Revolution or the War Between the States.

    • Julia Yapell

      fawnday – finally…an intelligent post about AND directed to the topic at hand.

      • Anonymous

        My posts are always intelligent. But thanks for the compliment.

  • Anonymous

    If you know what’s on the AP exam it kind of defeats the purpose of the exam. You’re not supposed to have any idea what’s on it so you have to study everything that was covered that year.
    Most of the test is essays where you are graded on structure and how effectively you use the documents provided.

    • Anonymous

      Are you aware of the some 1,500 some books for studying up for the AP?

      For starters go to amazon and search for “ap exam books”.

      I get aprox 1,600 hits.

      So, yes, you can get some idea of the types of questions. As well as example test questions that will provide you the types of questions you will be asked. So you can prepare for the appropriate detail and depth expected from you. Which is major leg up for people prepping for the AP.

      And for people used to taking exams that will be enough.

      Sort like preparing for the Miller Analogies, the PSAT, the SAT, and on and on.

      I’ve only taken the PSAT and SAT test as well as preparing for the Miller Analogies for which Amazon has some 720 test prep books.

      • Julia Yapell

        Mickster99 – Common Core is JUST commencing this year. The 1600 hits you found are for previous AP History exams. The tests have not yet been created… me, I am a teacher in Florida….we shall convert to Common Core in August and a NEW, Yet to be CREATED test shall replace the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test) so…..NO M99 – You are incorrect on ALL points. But most importantly, you are missing the point….IT IS NOT ABOUT THE TEST OR PREPARING FOR THE TEST…IT IS ABOUT THE CONTENT! Teaching American History without teaching the Constitution or what the founding fathers were struggling for…..teaching about the Civil War without including the Gettysburg Address, Teaching WWII without mentioning ADOLPH HITLER, TRUMAN, EISENHOWER, MACARTHUR, THE BOMBS ON JAPAN…..WTF then are we teaching? NOT AMERICAN HISTORY. Mickster99 – its not about the test, its about the CONTENT and manipulation of OUR AMERICAN HISTORY!

        • walter t wesley

          Well said Julia! Mick has a favorite site. The Alex Jones site, tell me does this site mean anything to you?

  • Anonymous

    Note: It’s assumed that by the time you’re ready for college your Revolutionary history will be firmly inculcated into your brain. Along with Lincoln, Emancipation, the Civil War, and Women’s Emancipation along with WWI and WWI and Vietnam.

    They (grade schools) begin teaching the history of Revolutionary America very early on. In grade school for sure. Dead presidents are on all of our currency and coins to begin with. At a certain point asking questions about Washington crossing the Delaware are like asking what’s 2*(2+4)). You know this stuff already and it’s time to consider Algebra, Trig, and Calculus.
    Glenn doesn’t seem to get this.
    But he’s not the sharpest pencil in the desk.
    More like a sack of hammers.

    • walter t wesley

      Mick again, you fail to see the coins in your hands. Check out the penny and the recent quarters. The penny looks more like a coin used in Monopoly these days and Puerto Rico? Since when they became a state? Most kids these days are not interested in what you are saying and teachers are not pushed to teach like they used to. Did you really believe George Washington cut down a cherry tree? Some of these beautiful myths are being taught as fact in the grade schools. The grade school curriculum these days are slowly leaving out what you said about Lincoln, Emancipation, Civil War, WWI WWII and Vietnam. They are given strict books to follow certain viewpoints such as social experiments about sex and other lifestyles. Most of the kids cannot live without help because they do not know how to take care of themselves. Most of the stories about each of the great leaders usually talk about they independent spirit and harsh lifestyles. Not today, they are mostly mush and sugary. So Mick are you mush or a man who believes without letting others lead you your thinking. I have read what you have talked about and lived longer in history than you can hope for.

      • ken.

        don’t waste your time with this guy and some of the others, they are only here to attack and cause trouble.

  • suz

    teach american history the exact way that it should be taught along w/all the other curriculum the way it should be taught and GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS TO THE TESTS. JUST FLAT OUT GIVE THE STUDENTS THE ANSWERS.

  • Kent Killian

    What is wrong with people? Amazing ignorance. Are we really so tolerant of the way are children are treated. This is abuse.

  • Anonymous

    The history books are already wrong. Why do you not know that? You can call people names all day long, but if even one thing is wrong in the book, the whole book is discredited. We have an AP History class book in high school that states that the Prophet, John Smith, took the Mormon Pioneers across the plains and into the Salt Lake Valley. Not true. It was Joseph Smith who was the prophet, but he died in Carthage Jail in Illinois, and it was Brigham Young who took the Saints across the plains into the Salt lake Valley. I say, that if that one piece of information is wrong, and it is, then the rest of the book is not worth the paper it is printed on.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t it John Smith who married Pocahontas after she saved his life?

  • Anonymous

    Tired of our government creating crisis to enslave us and our children?

  • Anonymous

    The history they teach you in school is all fake anyway, and always has been.

  • Anonymous

    Even if some people attack liberty in the name of illusions such as “man-made global warming” and “fairness”, liberty remains desirable.

  • Coffee Fiend

    The morality and liberty of a free country run contrary to the subjective notions of “society’s interests” put forth by collectivist quacks.

  • Michael Corliss

    There’s just one problem with all the outrage being expressed here over Mr. Beck’s comments–none of it is true!!! Instead of listening to biased pundits, ask an actual AP teacher! I know several (and together they vote both sides of the ticket), and they ALL say this is total garbage. There is not one word of truth in any of it. Don’t be so quick to accept, or dismiss, just because it conforms to your political beliefs–do a basic bit of fact-checking before you spout off.

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