Call for Papers: Opposing Quasi-Religious Interference in Public School Social Studies Programs

In response to the Call for Annual Conference Proposals by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, I am organizing a panel entitled “Opposing Quasi-Religious Interference in Public School Social Studies Programs.” The conference is Thursday and Friday, October 22-23, 2015 in Athens, GA. The proposal deadline is April 30, 2015. Continue reading

Georgia Hearing on Advanced Placement US History Exam, 2015

Updated April 21, 2015: Call for papers for panel addressing this and related issues.

The full hearing lasted more than 2.5 hours. I edited the version above down to 51 minutes. If you have the stomach for the full dose of reactionary political attacks on historians, you can download the video.

For additional background information, read a handout the anti-APUSH lobbyist was distributing in March, 2015.

P.S. The opponents of Advanced Placement US History exam used arguments similar to those who opposed environmental regulation: deny, confuse, relativize. Read Merchants of Doubt to see what I mean.

Anti-Advanced Placement US History Movement at Georgia Capitol

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. Continue reading