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0289_ Jan 9, 2018_ Should Americans Accept the College Board’s Deformed History of Europe?–by Peter W. Wood–The Federalist_Links to related blog pieces on this site

Donna Jack
January 11, 2018

In 2013 the Advanced Placement presented a radical revision of the Framework of AP US History (APUSH).  After an outcry across the country, they claimed to have fixed the problems.  Actually they never changed anything, except some insignificant details, in the Framework.  The same tests would have to be given, and the books and resources were not changed.

At the time, Jefferson County (Colorado) School Board Member Julie Williams was treated like an idiot and censor, when she pointed out the truth about the new APUSH Framework and the accompanying course.  She wanted a citizen committee (not made up of people who had a vested interest in the school district) – to review the curriculum and report to the School Board.   Hysteria broke out, and the paid agitators began screaming “censor.”

Just like with the APUSH, the AP European History (APEH) is: “cultural Marxism, identity politics, and history as the unfolding of progressive ideals.”  — quote from the end of this article.

Find at the end of this blog links to other blog pieces about this issue.

In 2013 – 2015, the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Framework and course were in the spotlight – The current efforts to change AP European History are a replay of the APUSH changes that were made in 2015.

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Subject: SHOULD AMERICANS ACCEPT THE COLLEGE BOARD’S DEFORMED HISTORY OF EUROPE? — BY PETER W. WOOD, THE FEDERALIST — 1.9.18

1.9.18 – The Federalist

 “Should Americans Accept The College Board’s Deformed History of Europe?”
By Peter W. Wood, President of National Association of Scholars (NAS)
http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/09/americans-make-peace-college-boards-deformed-history-europe/

 The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association of Scholars (NAS) credit for pointing out flaws in the College Board’s Advanced Placement European History (APEH) framework. But Hess and Addison are concerned that, after the College Board responded to our critique by making changes, NAS has continued to find significant fault with APEH.

 This is familiar territory. A few years ago, NAS drew national attention to flaws in the College Board’s premiere AP framework, the one for U.S. history (APUSH). That framework had stood untouched for decades until the College Board issued a radical revision 2013. The College Board brushed off our criticisms for six months, but as pressure mounted decided in early 2015 that APUSH could stand some improvement. Continue reading

0255_“Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan” By Dr. Susan Berry–THAT IS NOT SO

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017

Summary statement from end of article below:

“Too many of the people selected for K-12 policy can be expected to continue the trajectory launched by progressive educators a century ago and reaching new heights under Obama and his secretaries,” she [Dr. Susan Berry] asserts.… ”

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From Donna Garner:   pdf here or see below:

10.13.17 – Breitbart

 “Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/13/bill-bennett-touts-trump-conservative-cabinet-reagan/

 Dr. Bill Bennett, secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is a “more conservative cabinet” than Reagan’s Cabinet was.

Bennett – now a radio host and author – specifically named current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “my friend … who is fighting to empower parents,” as an example of conservatism, and defended her signature policy of school choice.

However, both Bennett and DeVos have come under fire from many conservative parents throughout America for their support – mentioned or otherwise – for the Common Core standards. The movement to eradicate the federally funded and supported Common Core has been led by one of the most significant “populist” grassroots efforts in decades.

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, Bennett drew the ire of anti-Common Core parents throughout the country after penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that made a “conservative case for Common Core.”

 In his column, Bennett reiterated all the “talking points” of the pro-Common Core education establishment. His remarks – especially from one who served in Reagan’s Cabinet under a president who had desired to eliminate the U.S. Education Department (USED) – led to an uproar. Ultimately, Bennett admitted that public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group had paid him to write the column. Continue reading

0250_Dr. Kim Holmes, author of The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left — will speak at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCU Sept 25, 2017_ YouTube of Dr. Holmes talking about his book

September 21, 2017

Dr. Kim Holmes will be speaking at Colorado Christian University (CCU) this coming Monday evening.  Over a year ago he wrote a book The Closing of the Liberal Mind:  How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left.  Groupthink and intolerance are what is “taught” in our society, through government schools and the media in general.  It has increasingly moved into law.

Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Kim Holmes
Monday, September 25, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Colorado Christian University

Leprino Hall 170

180 S. Garrison St. Lakewood, CO 80226

Details and RSVP

Our academic system in the United States is designed to keep students focused only on what the system wants them to know, or feel, or do.  They are not equipped to make their own decisions, but rather to carry out the wishes of the “education” system.

At the end of this blog piece, you can watch an early 2016  YouTube with Kim Holmes talking about his new book.

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