Education Georgia History

Unhinged History

Doctor Ben Carson has warned us that Advanced Placement U.S. History will make you want to join ISIS and the Georgia Senate has heeded his warning by passing a resolution to condemn AP History.

Alleging that the curriculum presents a "radically revisionist view of American history," the Georgia Senate is threatening the funding of educational material linked to AP History.

[The] proposed resolution threatens funding for AP U.S. history materials if the College Board does not comply with the state request for revisions. It even would push for elimination of federal funding to the College Board.

The state board also would be directed to explore alternatives to the AP program that would still give Georgia students a chance to earn college credits.

Because the revised AP History curriculum includes sections on moral failings such as slavery, Japanese internment and the use of nuclear weapons, it has been called everything from "anti-American" to a potential recruitment tool for terrorists.

There's nothing patriotic about censoring our history in an effort to convince young students that America occupies an unassailable moral high ground where no harm has or can be done.

I see the collective freak-out over changes to AP History cirriculum as a latch ditch effort to salvage the idea of "American exceptionalism" or at least what's left of it. Two terms of the Bush administration did more to discredit the idea than any history course ever could.

*This post originally appeared yesterday but it was lost during server migration.