Updated April 21, 2015: Call for papers for panel addressing this and related issues.
I was in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday lobbying against SB 129, a Religious Freedom Restoration Act which would license individuals and businesses to defy government regulation to discriminate against others. While lobbying, I ran into a paid lobbyist asking legislators to restrict use of the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History Exam. When I requested information from her about the exam’s defects, she provided this document, which I scanned. SR 80 is Senate Resolution 80, which the Georgia Senate passed and which its House may pass any day. I don’t have time to discuss all the scary ramification of this document and the movement it represents, but I wanted to pass this on to others ASAP.
Using Optical Character Recognition tools, I extracted the text of the document. The letterhead is reproduced afterwards. I’ve also reproduced character formatting as much as possible. Note that the URL for the “APUSH Framework” has changed to http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-us-history-course-and-exam-description.pdf.
Updated April 4, 2015: Here’s a recording of a hearing held on SR 80.
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Why Georgia Needs SR 80
The College Board has recently replaced its traditional Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course with one that requires American history to be taught through a leftist, revisionist lens. This means the approximately 14,000 Georgia students – the best and the brightest – who take the APUSH course will not learn the truth about their nation’s history. A College Board representative admitted at a joint education committee hearing in Georgia on February 18 that the new APUSH Framework is overly leftist in some respects.
A few examples of the bias present in the new APUSH Framework:
• Replaces discussion of American exceptionalism with one that gives “special attention … to the formation of gender, class, racial, and ethnic identities.” (p. 21) The focus on conflict among identity groups permeates the Framework.
• Describes Manifest Destiny as built on “a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority . .. . ” (p. 55) (This was described by the College Board official as “the low point of the Framework.”)
• Presents American business in a consistently negative light. “Corporate interests” or “big business” (the Framework never uses the term “free enterprise”) is described primarily as despoiling the environment and exploiting workers and immigrants.
• Mischaracterizes and negatively describes the role of President Reagan in ending the Cold War:
“President Ronald Reagan, who initially rejected detente with increased defense spending, military action, and bellicose rhetoric, later developed a friendly relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to significant arms reductions by both countries.” (p. 79)
• Minimizes the contributions of the Founding Fathers (only George Washington is even mentioned!) and other American heroes such as Martin Luther King, innovators, etc.
• You must read the Framework for yourself to truly appreciate how negative it is toward America: https: //secureppmedia.collegeboard.org/ digitalServices /pdf /ap /ap-courseexam-descriptions /ap-us-history-course-and-examdescription.pdf.
Why you should support SR 80:
1. SR 80 does not ban teaching the new APUSH course in Georgia; nor does it demand a “sanitized” version of American history.
2. SR 80 merely asks the College Board to return to a balanced course that aligns with the Georgia social studies standards.
3. SR 80 encourages the exploration of alternatives to the College Board’s APUSH course – alternatives that are under discussion on a national level – so that Georgia students can earn college credit without having to be subjected to a curriculum that often reads more like propaganda than actual history. The College Board’s monopoly on advanced placement is not good for Georgia students and should be opened up to greater market competition.
PLEASE SUPPORT SR 80!
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AMERICAN PRINCIPLES PROJECT
1130 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
Robert P. George
Marion D. Boteju
BOARD OF DIRECTORS