There was an uproar in Jefferson County School District (Colorado) during the 2014-2015 school year. Board member Julie Williams made a motion to create a separate citizen curriculum review committee that would look at the 2014 AP US History Framework and report directly to the school board with what they found.
People were aware of this motion before it was presented at the board meeting.
At the board meeting the unions began screaming “censor”, and some people said it was justification for recalling the entire school board majority because of attempted censorship.
Little did people know that Julie had hit at the core of the problem in education today. Some within the education establishment in Jefferson County Schools are intentionally keeping teaching a subversive activity, and do not want parents or others to know what is really being taught.
Without going into details now, I can say that Julie Williams is in good company to have recognized that the new 2014 AP US History (APUSH) was off base. She was wise to have requested that a committee of citizens be put together to look at the curriculum content and report to the school board their findings.
Below is the text of a document signed by scholars from across the country who are concerned about the direction the Advanced Placement US History course has taken.
NOTE: Subsequent to the letter below, and actions that were taken to create an organization to provide courses competitive with AP courses, the AP chose to back off and admit that they were grossly slanted in their presentation of US History.
The AP put forth another edition of their AP US History Framework. Even with the recent changes they are still using Type #2 Education. Stanley Kurtz explains that the 2015 AP US History Framework revision is still not good.
[This is a link to the June 2, 2015 Scholars’ Statement opposing the 2014 APUSH Framework. (It is also below.) ]
June 2, 2015
Letter Opposing the 2014 APUSH Framework
The teaching of American history in our schools faces a grave new risk, from an unexpected source. Half a million students each year take the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. History. The framework for that exam has been dramatically changed, in ways certain to have negative consequences.
We wish to express our opposition to these modifications. The College Board’s 2014 Advanced Placement Examination shortchanges students by imposing on them an arid, fragmentary, and misleading account of American history. We favor instead a robust, vivid, and content-rich account of our unfolding national drama, warts and all, a history that is alert to all the ways we have disagreed and fallen short of our ideals, while emphasizing the ways that we remain one nation with common ideals and a shared story. Continue reading