College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. Protect the Spirit of ’76.

From Patrick Jakeway at American Thinker:

The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority.  It also details how this control was first established.  First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage.

Today, the history of George Washington’s leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014.  The College Board, the organization that publishes the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and AP tests, has also decided to completely blot out Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, among others.  In this newly revised course, Gen. Washington merits one fleeting mention in one sentence, in reference to his Farewell Address.

American history without George Washington?  That is like the Beatles without Paul McCartney or the Super Bowl without Vince Lombardi.  A former AP U.S. history teacher, Larry Krieger, provides insightful analysis of these sweeping changes here.  The rebuttal of Trevor Parker, senior vice president for AP programs at the College Board, can be found here, and Mr. Krieger’s defense here.  As an aside, it should be noted that the College Board’s new president, David Coleman, is also one of the major architects of Common Core.

The 98-page College Board AP U.S. History curriculum framework can be read here.  Mr. Krieger’s analysis makes clear that this deletion was by design and not by accident.  The new College Board U.S. history defines the USA as a racist, genocidal, imperialist nation.  Their whole point is that America is bad so of course they leave America’s heroes out.

Some examples of this theme can be observed in the “Key Concepts” of the framework enumerated in each historical period as key guidelines for teachers:

Period 1: 1491-1607

Key Concept 1.1. Before the arrival of Europeans, native populations in North America developed a wide variety of social, political and economic structures based in part on interactions and each other. (Page 31)

Translation: American Indians lived in a natural state of peace in harmony with nature before the Europeans arrived.  No mention of brutal inter-tribal wars and practices such as scalping.

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