2 years ago
nehapatel
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Why aren't we teaching our history?
Recently, a number of states have been discussing the possibility of ending support for AP U.S. History Courses. This kind of movement against the course and testing started in 2013, when the course was revised, and some teachers felt it was taking a more negative view of the history of the US, in which the Founding Fathers are presented as bigots and everything is looked at as a history of exploitation.
Just last week, Oklahoma lawmakers voted on whether or not to keep the course (they will cut funding for it, due to 11 Republicans support of the bill to cut funding). They're not the only state: others such as Georgia are taking similar action.
Some students, though, are not happy with this (they believe it is their right to learn, and their right to take the class and judge for themselves what is true and false). And I have to agree with them: why aren't we willing to teach our history? More importantly, do we really believe it is possible to create a course history that is truly without any sort of bias? I don't, but I think that's ok: we have to teach students how to see such bias, and to form their own opinions without it.
Of course, it's not right to say the Founding Fathers were bigots in the modern sense of the worse (times have changed, and what was considered morally right has changed, too) but history needs to be taught, even the bits that we might not agree with today. The lawmakers want the course to focus less on exploitation and more on "American exceptionalism," but how is that teaching a true history? This is how a society of people who don't know their own past is formed.
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I can't claim to know what's int he curriculum that is so wrong, but I have to wonder if all the politicians do, either, or if they're just grasping at an idea.
What it comes down to is politicians want politicians of all times to be seen as good people, and for us to focus on how America has fixed the world to continue to draw attention away from how we have destroyed it, too.
@yakwithalan There's a chance they dont' know, you're right. @amog32 We need to teach a balanced history. Like I said, bias is unavoidable, but it can be better than what is being encouraged these days.
I absolutely cannot believe that they are ending the classes; will they be totally stopped, or funding lowered? I hope this does not spread on a national scale.