By: Krystle Crossman
A new AP U.S. History course that is about to go into effect in some schools has activists in an uproar. They feel that this course should not be taught to students and are fighting to have the College Board get rid of the course. They state that it has underlying anti-American views. The College Board said that there is no such thing and is planning to continue to have this new course introduced to the schools.
The Republican National Committee joined in the fight to stop the course from hitting schools stating that the views in the course material were largely geared towards negative things that have happened in this country and very few positives. In Colorado there is a school board member that is asking the district to look over the course materials. They want to make sure that they course is un-biased and talks more about patriotism and what it means to be an American instead of having the entire course on the negative side of the country. The state school board in Texas is considering dropping this course from their list of classes altogether.
Julie Williams is the school board member in Jefferson County, Colorado that is urging the district to look over the materials of this course. She stated that we shouldn’t be teaching the future of America to hate the country that they are in. Jane Robbins is from the American Advocacy Project. She says that it seems that whoever wrote the course materials has a very extreme leftist view on American history and makes sure that it stays that way throughout the course.
The College Board is standing firm in stating that there is nothing wrong with the course materials as they are. They released a part of the AP History exam so that people would see the kinds of questions there are on the test and how they are not geared to one side or another. They also did end up revising some of the course due to the sheer amount of complaints that they were receiving about it. They submitted an open letter with the revision stating that they left some important history figures out because history teachers already knew enough about them to teach to the class without the use of the materials.