Cutting ‘Liberty’ Out of the History Taught to America’s Kids
June 20, 2016
It looks like the College Board didn’t really get the message. Two years back, it beat a hasty retreat from its effort to put a hard left spin on high-school American-history curricula — but now it’s doing the same thing with European history.
The board runs the Advanced Placement exams — tests that measure whether a kid has learned enough in high school to place out of introductory college courses. As part of the process, it recommends textbooks, gives guidelines for AP-class curriculum and teacher prep and so on.
A hurricane of criticism in 2014 moved the board to fix its US history package. Yet the National Association of Scholars, an independent group that supports high academic standards, reports serious problems with the new European-history directives.
NAS Director of Communications David Randall warns that the College Board’s latest product “turns Europe’s history into a foreshortened, neo-Marxist, generic narrative of historical modernization, powered by abstract social and economic forces.”