The National Association of Scholars, an organization of conservative academics, has put out an FAQ page on what is wrong with the new Advanced Placement U. S. History exam. It sums up well the problems also with the Common Core, contemporary text books, and the state of the history profession in general.
The point is not that America doesn’t have skeletons in its closet and that we need to study those bad parts of our history. It’s that these have become the only emphasis, and that other important facets of our history (the concepts behind our constitution) and just facts in general (why we fought World War II) are left out. [Read more…]