College Board, which runs AP, provided a practice exam in a response to critics.
The APUSH framework focuses on what’s “bad about America,” Dan Fisher, a state legislator in Oklahoma, tells KOSU. There’s little about the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, he complains. “The founders are hardly even mentioned. In fact, there’s one sentence out of George Washington’s farewell address, and it’s basically spun negatively.”
He’s introduced a bill that could bar state funding for APUSH courses, if the state Board of Education decides it violates state guidelines.
The bill lists primary documents that must be taught in all the state’s U.S. history classrooms, reports Newsweek. These include Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” speech, John Winthrop’s “city on a hill” sermon and Jonathan Edwards’ sermon on “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
The revised APUSH is an “attempt to have teachers stop chasing trivia, teacher Christine Custred told KOSU. Teachers can choose what documents to teach.
Common Core opponents led the charge against APUSH, notes the Tulsa World. During committee discussion of the bill, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said she’s asked the state Attorney General to rule on whether AP courses violate last year’s Core repeal law by imposing a national curriculum.
Update: In response to criticism, Fisher will rewrite the “very poorly worded” bill, he told the Oklahoman. His goal is “not to hurt AP,” he said.