Oklahoma State Rep. Dan Fisher (below) thinks he knows better than history educators and experts what kids ought to be learning in their classes.
Advanced Placement U.S. History? He wants that banned because it covers topics that don’t always make America look good.
In place of it, according to HB 1380, which he is sponsoring, he wants kids to study speeches by Ronald Reagan, the Ten Commandments, the phrase “In God We Trust,” and the infamous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards.
“(The new framework) [for the AP US History test] 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,” Fisher lamented at a legislative committee hearing Tuesday.
I’m amazed that he didn’t include a textbook written by Christian pseudo-historian David Barton.
Guess what? Our nation isn’t always perfect and that nuance is precisely what students should study to make sure we don’t repeat those mistakes in the future. The AP course, which was designed and written by people who actually understand the nation’s history and aren’t mere cheerleaders and whitewashers of our past, was defended by College Board President David Coleman:
People who are worried that AP U.S. History students will not need to study our nation’s founders need only take one look at this exam to see that our founders are resonant throughout… Every question on the new AP U.S. History Exam now requires students to demonstrate an understanding of America’s important historical documents and leaders. Students who pass this exam will not only be more ready for college, they will be more ready to be citizens.
Despite that, the Oklahoma Education committee — which is rapidly becoming a joke — voted to approve the bill by an 11-4 vote.
I can’t wait for Fisher’s next bill, which will surely try to ban AP Spanish Language and Culture because it somehow promotes illegal immigration.
(Thanks to Aaron for the link)