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  • Originally published 02/29/2016

    Why Oklahoma Lawmakers Voted to Ban AP U.S. History

    Representative Dan Fisher, who introduced the bill, lamented during Monday's hearing that the new AP U.S. History framework emphasizes "what is bad about America" and doesn't teach "American exceptionalism."

  • Originally published 08/14/2015

    Did the Founding Fathers Believe In American Exceptionalism?

    Sheldon Stern

    Like John Adams, they were for the most part confident that the new United States was on the cusp of a brilliant future. But they did not believe that Americans, as a people, were exempt from the flaws and faults of other nations and peoples.

  • Originally published 05/14/2015

    Fight over AP U.S. History framework lands in N.J.

    State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on Thursday introduced a non-binding resolution (SR128) that urges the College Board — which writes the exam that allows high school students to get college credit — to revise its framework for guiding teachers.

  • Originally published 04/10/2015

    College Board to release new Framework for AP US history this summer

    Trevor Packer

    "Given the substantive feedback we have received from educators and the general public representing a range of political viewpoints, we are confident that the concerns some have expressed this past year—including those of Mrs. Cheney—will be resolved by the new framework."

  • Originally published 04/02/2015

    The End of History, Part II

    Lynne V. Cheney

    The new Advanced Placement U.S. history exam focuses on oppression, group identity and Reagan the warmonger.

  • Originally published 03/12/2015

    Georgia State Senate votes to block AP exam

    The Georgia Senate voted Wednesday to suggest the state should all but ban Advanced Placement U.S. history courses statewide, saying state officials needed to protect students from a “radically revisionist view” of American history conservatives have deemed left-leaning and biased.

  • Originally published 11/03/2014

    The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

    Rick Perlstein

    The battles over American history and censorship in Colorado are part of the longstanding cult of optimism on the Right.

  • Originally published 10/31/2014

    What the Opponents of the New AP Standards Don't Get

    H. Michael Hartoonian, Richard D. Van Scotter, and William E. White

    Recent events in Jefferson County, Denver, Colorado, underscore a misunderstanding Americans generally hold regarding the U.S. history curriculum.

  • Originally published 10/15/2014

    Why the History Curriculum Matters

    Laura Auricchio

    Americans care deeply about history and how it’s taught. As we should. Were it not for a solid grasp of history, the United States might never have existed.

  • Originally published 10/08/2014

    We Must Not Gloss Over America's Past

    Walter Kamphoefner

    Our form of government has survived for more than two centuries not because it was perfect at the creation. It survived because it contains mechanisms for self-criticism and self-improvement, mechanisms that are undermined by "feel-good" history.

  • Originally published 10/07/2014

    The Lessons of History

    Steve Hochstadt

    Right now the lessons that history can teach have provoked a nationwide argument.

  • Originally published 09/02/2014

    The New History Wars

    James R. Grossman

    “Our” past is now more diverse than we once thought, whether we like it or not.

  • Originally published 08/29/2014

    A Rejoinder to Critics of the New AP Course in History

    Fred Anderson

    "Dr. Peter Wood’s tortured reading of the Framework and his blanket denunciation of academic historians suggests that he, too, might pause to reflect on the values of rigor, impartiality, thoroughness, and intellectual honesty that were, in the end, all we hoped to foster."

  • Originally published 12/27/2014

    APUSH: A Tempest in a Teapot

    Liberty and Power

    I have read the APUSH document. Frankly, it is not as bad as I thought it might be - certainly far short of the hard-core agenda pushed by the multiculturalist authors of the National History Standards in the 1990s. Yes, APUSH has a "progressive" slant but not as much as some college textbooks. Furthermore, it leaves ample room for AP faculty to pick a college textbook (presumably of their own choosing) and work within the APUSH framework. If I were a contrarian high school teacher teaching AP under the APUSH guidelines, I would roll my eyes at the examples of bias cited by critics but could easily work with it. Criticism of APUSH ranges from it is a "stealth agenda perpetrated by those who failed with the National History Standards” (Peter Wood) to “AP is bad in and of itself” (a sentiment K.C. Johnson seems to embrace in rejecting the entire AP enterprise). I agree with much that Johnson has to say but AP isn’t going away. ‘Tis far better to “light a candle than curse the darkness" by offering workshops on teaching "traditional" history the way critics believe it ought to be taught.Preliminary observations on some of the criticisms I have read: