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APUSH Resources

While there is an extensive collection of materials available, these posts and the 2014 APUSH Course/Exam Description provide the most recent and important writings on the issues with the College Board 2014 AP US History Course and Exam.

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This journal contains articles all relating to APUSH and its framework. Importantly you will see why this framework neglects its civic responsibilites and downplays important subjects. Fifty five scholars signed their name to an open letter to show they are concerned about APUSH. Read More…
 

scpie1In a famous scene in the Wizard of Oz, the little dog Toto unexpectedly pulls back a curtain hiding the “great and powerful” wizard. Stunned by his discovery, the wizard initially warns Dorothy and her friends to “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” But Dorothy is not fooled, and accuses Oz of being “a humbug.” Read More…

imageMichael Hiltzik, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times has published a heatedresponse to my piece on the intellectual and political background of the College Board’s changes to the AP U.S. History Exam. Hiltzik accuses me of being part of “the right’s effort to suck the teaching of advanced U.S. History into the culture wars.” Actually, the College Board itself became responsible for sucking history education into the culture wars Read More…

image The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has kicked off a national controversy by issuing a new and unprecedentedly detailed “Framework” for its AP U.S. History exam. This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective. Read More…

image The “Open Letter from the Authors of the AP United States History Curriculum Framework” raises a number of important issues. Here is our response to the key points raised in this “Open Letter,” followed by a list of 29 biased and ill-considered statements Read More…

 
Analysis of the College Board AP U.S. History Framework
UNIT 1: 1491 – 1607 – The College Board Framework begins its 9-unit chronological coverage of Advanced Placement (AP) American history by requiring teachers to devote 5 percent of their classroom time, or 9 lessons, to the period from 1491 to 1607. On first glance this seems to be a highly unusual and even extravagant use of valuable class time. After all, high school state-approved frameworks typically begin with the founding of the Southern, Middle Atlantic, and New England colonies. It is also important to keep in mind that the Framework devotes the same amount of time to the period from 1491 to 1607 as it does to the period from 1980 to the present. Read More…