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.
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.