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We have a new set of AP American history standards and it’s only the first out of 33 AP course standards to be written. We can give thanks to the Architect of Common Core and College Board president, David Coleman. He has taken the five page outline currently given to teachers and has turned it into a 98 page Framework.
The new standards interpret American History for us.
Jane Robbins describes a few problems:
“The new Framework inculcates a consistently negative view of American culture. For example, the units on colonial America stress the development of a “rigid racial hierarchy” and a “strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority.” The Framework ignores the United States’ founding principles and their influence in inspiring the spread of democracy and galvanizing the movement to abolish slavery. The Framework continues this theme by reinterpreting Manifest Destiny—rather than a belief that America has a mission to spread democracy and new technologies across the continent, the Framework teaches that it “was built on a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority.”
She goes on to note:
“A particularly troubling failure of the Framework is its dismissal of the Declaration of Independence and the principles so eloquently expressed there. The Framework’s entire discussion of this seminal document consists of just one phrase in one sentence: “The colonists’ belief in the superiority of republican self-government based on the natural rights of the people found its clearest American expression in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and in the Declaration of Independence.” The Framework thus ignores the philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration and the willingness of the signers to pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to the cause of freedom.”
It has been said that whoever wins gets to write the history and that is true of David Coleman in his war against traditional America and the constitution. He has won Common Core and the victory over the curriculum and he will decide history for every school child in the United States.
Some of the Founding Fathers have been left out of Coleman’s version of American history.
He has omitted Ben Franklin from his standards. Ben Franklin of course helped us fight and win the American Revolution. He developed unity and democracy in the colonies and, as an official agent in London for Pennsylvania, he advised the British that taxation without representation was a principle upon which America stood resolute.
Franklin was the official diplomat and ambassador to France for the thirteen colonies and without him we would not have gotten the aid and support we needed from the French to win the war.
James Madison is also noticeably absent from the standards. Madison, of course, wrote the Constitution. He was the champion and the author of the Bill of Rights.
Robbins notes that George Washington, our president, the man who led us to freedom, is reduced to a small snippet from his farewell address.
Also barely mentioned is John Adams who is reduced to being a rich white man.
Did you know that rich white elites fought the Revolution? The new generation will learn that. In discussing the leaders of the revolution, they said this:
“Those individuals who were wealthy, powerful, and influential before the event continued to possess wealth, power, and influence later. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson could serve as examples. This approach would argue that the Revolution was basically a revolt by colonial elites against the elites in England.”
This is a typical leftist argument – the Founding Fathers were not motivated by the cause of freedom, but by elitist, racist motives and the Revolution wasn’t about freedom, it was rich white elites fighting other rich white elites.
African-American professor Walter Williams wisely explained the use of this tactic in these words:
“Politicians, news media, college professors and leftists of other stripes are selling us lies and propaganda. To lay the groundwork for their increasingly successful attack on our Constitution, they must demean and criticize its authors. As Senator Joe Biden demonstrated during the Clarence Thomas hearings, the framers’ ideas about natural law must be trivialized or they must be seen as racists.”
Slavery was not an invention of the Founding Fathers. It was in place for 200 years before they came to be. Many of the Founding Fathers released their slaves and wanted to fight Britain to rid the country of slavery. Most, though not all, of the Founding Fathers were opposed to slavery.
Then there is this – the constitution was created to maintain the elites’ power:
“Another analysis supporting the assertion made in the exam question might draw upon the work of historian Charles Beard, who famously argued that the creation of the Constitution in the late 1780s was a counterrevolution. Beard contended that the Constitution was created to maintain commercial and landowning elites’ power, influence, and standing in the face of events such as Shays’s Rebellion and other attempts at revolutionary change.”
I looked for Betsy Ross, John Browne, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Jesse Owens and couldn’t find them. They’re not listed though the standards cover 1491 to the present. Thomas Jefferson is barely mentioned.
In contrast, slavery is mentioned 69 times.
How about this for a negative view of state constitutions:
“Many new state constitutions and the national Articles of Confederation, reflecting republican fears of both centralized power and excessive popular influence, placed power in the hands of the legislative branch and maintained property qualifications for voting and citizenship.”
Constitutions are out of fear? Property qualifications for voting and citizenship?
Coleman is a man who does not seem to value traditional America or the principles the country was founded on so much as he values her failings.
Though imperfect, the United States is a symbol of freedom throughout the world.
An explanation of who David Coleman is would be appropriate.
David Coleman is the father of Common Core.
The president of the College Board, leftist David Coleman of Greenwich Village, is currently aligning the SAT’s with the Common Core being developed in the United States. He is described by the press as as “the architect” of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
He believes there is “a massive social injustice in this country” and that education is “the engine of social justice.”
In 2007, he co-founded Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence to improve student outcomes. Student Achievement promoted the adoption of the Common Core Standards. He also started The Grow Network which puts together study guides for parents, teachers, and students.
McGraw-Hill, the textbook company that stands to make a fortune from Common Core, acquired The Grow Network. Coleman worked for McGraw-Hill before starting up these companies. The entire arrangement should prove quite lucrative.
Coleman’s mother is Liz Coleman, President of the leftist Bennington College in Vermont. She founded a social justice initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, her ‘secular church’, purposed ‘to make the world’s pressing problems the focus of their education.’
She condemns the soviet union and the propaganda they furthered while calling for the state to indoctrinate children. She says Mr. Obama and his team cannot do it alone and sees the answer in education.
Listen to her famous speech on reinventing Liberal Arts Education:
Another example of leftist indoctrination can be seen in a World History text approved for high school students in Florida. The text, simply called ‘World History,’ devotes a 32-page chapter to Islam – its civilizations, the Koran and the Five Pillars of Islam – with no chapters devoted to other religions. It can only be seen as advocacy. Promoting Islam is a leftist favorite leftist.
Nationalization of education was something the Founding Fathers understood would lead to government propagandizing which is why they made it illegal. The testing in Common Core does an end-run around our Constitution and nationalizes education.
More information about the AP course at heartland
h/t Herbert Richmond for the story