New AP History Curriculum Emphasizes Negative View of U.S. History, Principles

The College Board has changed its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum so it now omits central figures and battles from American history and puts in their place negative depictions of U.S. history and principles.

The organization claims its material only adds to and does not replace state-based material. The College Board was contacted for comment but did not respond.

“There are about 500,000 kids a year who take AP U.S. History,” said Texas State Board of Education member Ken Mercer, who opposes the changes. “There’s the class, and then the exam.”

“Up until last May,” said Mercer, “the AP History was whatever you had for your state standard, and on top of that was this five page topical document. Well, starting this fall it’s not a five page, but a 98 page framework.”

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