The hate America first crowd have rewritten AP U.S. History and, thanks to Common Core, there is not a thing we can do about it. This moribund regurgitation of our past will hit high schools this Fall.
The new Framework depicts our Founding Fathers as rich white elites and our American culture as a dark legacy, one without heroes.
This new set of AP American history standards is 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 124-page Framework.
U.S. History has been revised to eliminate all heroes and showcase a dark, sinful past.
Even if parents and educators are successful and somehow get rid of Common Core, the test-anchored standards and curricula that are nationalizing education, they won’t get rid of the leftist curricula. That’s here to stay and it is being driven by very rich corporatists with a dislike of our country and its traditional values.
Education Reviews quotes Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, who calls the new AP U.S. history framework “a briefing document on progressive and leftist views of the American past,” one which “weaves together a vaguely Marxist or at least materialist reading of the key events with the whole litany of identity group grievances.”
The Review also quotes conservative author Stanley Kurtz who asserts the College Board is “pushing U.S. history as far to the left as it can get away with at the high-school level.”
The curricula delete the Pilgrims, John Winthrop, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, and other long-celebrated figures central to America’s founding and growth.
Did you know that rich white elites fought the Revolution? The new generation will learn exactly that. In discussing the leaders of the revolution, the Framework says 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.
European settlers are always the villains and the Native Americans are the ecologically-balanced and peaceful people. Europeans gave them diseases, exploited them and enslaved them.
Leftists are very black and white, or should I say just dark and bleak.
The British did not establish the “city upon a hill” but rather they are bigots who were beholden to a caste system. Anyone can see that from the fact that they didn’t marry the natives, the curricula contends.
George Washington is barely mentioned and the Declaration of Independence is given two brief mentions.
Manifest Destiny was all about racial superiority.
They do rave about Theodore Roosevelt and the Democrats.
The Greatest Generation is ignored but the internment of Japanese Americans is emphasized.
U.S. History teacher Larry Krieger told Education Reviews that “It’s relentless left-wing indoctrination.” He called it “antithetical to everything that I believe about teaching and our country’s history.”
“Leaving aside its very leftist bias, it is a very poorly written, unprofessional document,” said Krieger, adding he found it “boring” and “dispiriting.”
The Sentinel has reported on this several times and if you click the link you can hear David Coleman’s mother on video. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The left is interpreting history for us and leaves no room for different interpretations.
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.”
This is the U.S. History Barack Obama believes in.
What a horrible, dark world it will be for our children with no heroes and nothing to believe in. We are secular we’ve been told so God has no place. Our heroes were evildoers. Our cultural history is corrupt and without any redeeming qualities.
This Framework could have been written by Daily Kos editors. That online publication posted an article in July 2012 that was titled, “Founding Fathers: An American Legacy of Exploitation and Oppression.” That’s what our children will be taught and what they must learn to pass the SATs.
h/t Herbert Richmond