AP is a national curriculum: Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban AP US History

March 25, 2015 at 7:34 am 1 comment

Oklahoma isn’t the only state picking a fight over AP US History. Georgia’s legislators just introduced a similar bill (see article here).  I disagree with what they’re doing, but I do agree with the argument below.  The Advanced Placement program is a kind of “national curriculum.”  That’s why efforts like CS Principles are so valuable — they impact many schools across the country all at once.  My PhD advisor, Elliot Soloway, argues that it’s past time to establish national curricula (see article here), and he’s probably right.  The American political sentiment goes strongly against that perspective.

For other lawmakers, however, Fisher is thinking too small. Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern (R) claims that all “AP courses violate the legislation approved last year that repealed Common Core.” She has asked the Oklahoma Attorney General to issue a ruling. Kern argues that “AP courses are similar to Common Core, in that they could be construed as an attempt to impose a national curriculum on American schools.”

via Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress.

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  • 1. Cody Henrichsen  |  March 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

    There is a definite love of that approach here in Utah. I am disappointed in the political support of “local control” of standards when it is clear that we need a higher bar across the nation for the minimum level of secondary education and a national bar makes sense. A student in poor or rural areas should be able to get the same base level education as a student in a high SES / suburban area.


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