More Actions against APUSH

The new AP US History Framework and exam are being implemented this school year. If you are just getting up to speed with the changes, there are several blog entries I will link to at he bottom of this post. Patrick Jakeway writes at American Thinker, College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. Protect the Spirit of ’76. The full article is worth your time, I’ve carved out one highlight with some background and then more actions against APUSH we can take:

American history without George Washington?  That is like the Beatles without Paul McCartney or the Super Bowl without Vince Lombardi.  A former AP U.S. history teacher, Larry Krieger, provides insightful analysis of these sweeping changes here.  The rebuttal of Trevor Parker, senior vice president for AP programs at the College Board, can be found here, and Mr. Krieger’s defense here.  As an aside, it should be noted that the College Board’s new president, David Coleman, is also one of the major architects of Common Core.

Actions:

Erasing the Founding Fathers from the premier U.S. history course for secondary students is unconscionable and intolerable.  We must protect them from being erased.  The list of people who make up the College Board’s Board of Trustees can be found in the Appendix below, listed alphabetically by state.  Many of them are employed by public secondary school systems or state universities.

I suggest the following course of action:

  1. If you are a parent of high school age students, boycott AP U.S. History with them together, and do not enroll.
  2. Call/write your governor and state representatives and demand that they pass a resolution to drop the  AP U.S. History course offering until the curriculum change is reversed.
  3. Tell your state representatives that they should require each member of the Board of Trustees of the College Board who is a public employee (see list below) to renounce the new AP U.S. History course curriculum and vote to abolish it as a condition of his or her continued employment.
  4. Consider the ACT as an alternative to the SAT for your college-bound teenager.  The SAT has a dominant market position and has a powerful hold on the American mind as “the” vehicle to college.  The security of this dominant position has bred arrogance in the College Board.  I would not advocate that someone put his or her child’s future educational opportunities at risk; however, nowadays, universities readily accept both the ACT and SAT.

Read the full article

NC College Board Trustee from the Appendix:

Shirley Ort, Vice Chair, Associate Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Shirley Ort’s contact information from the UNC CH Provost Office: Email: ort@email.unc.edu
Telephone: (919) 962-2315 Please politely share your concerns about the changes to APUSH.

Also, you can contact the Trustees at this email address: governance@collegeboard.org

Larry Krieger has been leading the national effort to raise awareness about the changes to APUSH. Krieger is a NC native, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and taught history for many years in North Carolina.