Texas Joins Oklahoma on AP History Class

The Red River may separate Texas from Oklahoma, but apparently stupidity swims well enough to bridge the divide. The Texas Board of Education, a wretched hive of scum and wingnuttery, is joining the Oklahoma legislature in trying to get rid of the AP history class in their public schools.

Amid uproar in conservative circles about perceived anti-American bias in the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam, Texas on Wednesday moved to require its high school students to learn only state-mandated curriculum — not be taught to the national test.

The Board of Education approved a measure declaring that the history curriculum its members set trumps that covered by the AP history course created for classrooms nationwide. That class concludes with an exam that can earn college credit for students who score high enough.

The board must still take a final vote, but the measure’s content isn’t expected to change.

The controversy stems from the recent overhaul of the AP test, administered by the New Jersey-based College Board, that was meant to de-emphasize memorization. The new exam will be given for the first time in May and includes a lengthy framework to help teachers better-prepare students for the requirements.

Conservative activists, though, have decried the new course, the teachers’ framework and even the exam itself as rife with liberal themes and focusing on the negative aspects of U.S. history. Some have even likened it to “mind control” engineered by the federal government.

Yes, of course they have. Then again, what don’t they liken to mind control by the federal government? Here’s an idea: They should give the AP history exam to every member of the Texas Board of Education and every member of the Oklahoma legislature. Anyone who can’t get at least a C on the exam doesn’t get to vote on anything involving the history curriculum ever again.

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  • Chiroptera

    lol

    Aren’t these the same clowns that are trying to sneak creationism into classrooms by claiming we shouldn’t be restiricting students’, parents’, or teachers’ choices?

  • John Pieret

    Let’s just fix this up a bit:

    Anyone who can’t get at least a C on the exam doesn’t get to vote on anything involving the history curriculum ever again.

  • eric

    Funny. The OK bill was basically withdrawn yesterday because it was so unpopular. EIther the Texas legislators weren’t paying attention, or they think Texas parents will not slap them down as hard.

  • U Frood

    Aren’t the negative aspects of our history the most important? These are the things our country has done wrong in the past, it’s extremely important that we recognize those things, realize why they were wrong so that we can try to not make the same kinds of mistakes in the future.

  • kantalope

    Easy Peasy – you don’t pass the national test – you don’t get college credit. You get Texas or Oklahoma credit – which should be like taking a class from a diploma mill. Maybe credits will transfer to Liberty U.

  • karmacat

    I looked up the kind of questions on the AP test. It tests a student’s knowledge of how events are related to each other, how certain events led to changes in the government. It is not about liberal or conservative, but having students use analytical thinking to understand history. Of course, the test doesn’t go on an on about how wonderful the US is. I wish I had that kind of course in high school.

  • Chiroptera

    karmacat, #6: …but having students use analytical thinking to understand history.

    So it is pretty much anti-conservative, then?

  • alanb

    U Frood,

    What’re you, some kinda commie? America only makes mistakes when the Democrat Party is in control, so the way to avoid those mistakes in the future, obviously, is to impeach all the Democrats.

  • blf

    Anyone who can’t get at least a C on the exam doesn’t get to vote on anything involving the history curriculum ever again.

    Do they still also have to be unable to read Dr Seuss before they are eligible to be elected?

  • naturalcynic

    Texas Baja Oklahoma Joins Oklahoma on AP History Class

  • Michael Heath

    How dare the government teach facts and critical thinking skills in public schools! How will conservative Christians successfully indoctrinate their children to hate and believe in a reality that doesn’t exist?

  • dugglebogey

    It must be very weird to love EVERYTHING about America but hate it’s history.

  • shouldbeworking

    Normally, I’m a supporter of public education (I’m a high school teacher in Canada). But if I was a parent of school-aged children in TX or OK, I would ensure they went to a private school.

  • eric

    @12: they love its history! Especially the part where the Indians and Africans thank us for bringing them Christianity and giving them useful life-fulfilling careers on plantations and reservations.

  • Christopher P.

    They don’t grade AP exams using letters like A, B, C. They use numbers 1 (worst) through 5 (best). The best colleges will usually take 4 or 5 on an AP exam for college credit, but some do take a 3 for credit too. Basically, a 3 is the best you need to get to hope to get any kind of credit in college. I really doubt the legislators would be able to get a 3 on the AP US History test though, it is quite difficult and requires knowing how to read and comprehend historical documents.

    I mentioned this on a previous post about AP courses. But, why do conservatives care about this? College Board is a private company, creating a course and an exam that they market to public and private schools. This is free market capitalism at its best because it provides education to kids. Of course that is the problem though. Conservatives support the free market, but only when it pollutes or houses Americans in jails, not when it teaches you something.

  • Chiroptera

    Christopher P., #15: College Board is a private company….

    True, but it’s a non-profit private organization. That may be where the conservatives have a problem with it.

  • eric

    why do conservatives care about this? College Board is a private company, creating a course and an exam that they market to public and private schools. This is free market capitalism at its best because it provides education to kids.

    For the same reason they rail against the voluntary state-developed common core: because the moral values part of the GOP holds the collar of the gimp-outfitted libertarian market-focused part of the GOP.

  • chilidog99

    My sin is taking that class as a high school junior next year.

    Fortunately for him, we live in Illinois.

  • chilidog99

    Grrrrrr. That should bt son, not sin

    iPhone key pad.

  • felidae

    Give the test to TX and OK legislators? no no–they can’t be trusted with sharp objects like pencils

  • Artor

    …It’s extremely important that we recognize forget those things, realize ignore why they were wrong so that we can try to not make the same kinds of mistakes glorious offerings to Jebus in the future.

    FIFY

  • matty1

    My sin is taking that class as a high school junior next year.

    Repent now and seek absolution from the priests of stupidity.

    Yes I know you corrected it but the original is funnier