Is Advanced Placement U.S. History, well, history? It may very well be in Oklahoma. While the newly revised AP U.S. History framework has had approval from history teachers nationwide, Oklahoma is not having it, and on Monday, Oklahoma easily passed a bill that would prevent state funds from going towards AP U.S. History until the College Board agrees to change the contents of the framework.
So what's the issue? Basically the new AP U.S. History isn't patriotic enough.
Republican Representative Dan Fisher, who sponsored the bill, claims that the revised curriculum "trades an emphasis on America's founding principles of Constitutional government in favor of robust analyses of gender and racial oppression and class ethnicity and the lives of marginalized people, where the emphasis on instruction is of America as a nation of oppressors and exploiters."
Apparently the new framework now includes some unsavory parts of American history such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans. And to add insult to conservative injury, it no longer emphasizes more "patriotic" events such as at the Gettysburg Address, the Declaration of Independence and basic "American exceptionalism." Basically, according to Fisher, "we have a new emphasis on what is bad about America." Supporters of the revised curriculum say that by focusing more on themes and trends rather than specific events and people, students are given a more balanced viewpoint to analyze American history.
Oklahoma isn't the only state to have such issues. In fact, the entire Republican National Committee condemned the new course as a “radically revisionist view of American history” back in August of last year.
What do you think? Are they in the wrong or the right?