Conservatives Win Big Fight Over ‘Radically Revisionist’ High School American History Curriculum
After persistent pushback from conservatives, the framework for high school Advanced Placement U.S. history has been revised to give more weight to the country’s positive past — and even includes a new section on “American exceptionalism,” Newsweek reported.
The previous incarnation of AP American history standards — which took a decade to put in place — were released last year to a volley of criticism. Names such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams were omitted and detractors said negatives in U.S. history were emphasized while positives — such as America’s role in winning World War I and World War II — were tamped down.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said the course was so anti-American that those who completed it would be “ready to sign up for ISIS.”
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