Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Next Year's Young Voters Will Vote Even Stupider

Conservatives and repugs aren't destroying public education for the hell of it.  They're destroying it specifically to create citizens so stupid they will always vote repug.

Welcome back to the days of "War of Northern Aggression," "happy slaves," "redskin savages," "women's place is in the home," "protesters are traitors," "homos are perverts" and the whole Murka Rulz hit parade.
After backlash from conservatives that AP guidelines released last year by the College Board were unpatriotic, the new AP standards, which are effective immediately, will use the phrase “American exceptionalism,” and includes the founding fathers, according to Newsweek. The College Board said it “previously assumed it wasn’t something it needed to spell out as part of what would be taught in an American history course.”

Some of the main criticisms of the guidelines, conservatives voiced, were less emphasis on the founding fathers and more emphasis on slavery. The guidelines also included earlier American history that included violence against Native Americans and mentioned the growing influence of social conservatives. There were also complaints that World War II was not emphasized enough, but military victories will be given more attention in the new standards. Mentions of slavery will be “roughly the same” as previous standards, according to Newsweek.


The AP standards are just one piece of the debate over how to accurately cover American history, especially if you intend to describe the actual experiences of people other than white, landowning men. Texas also recently changed its state academic guidelines, which means its new textbooks won’t mention the Klu Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws. Texas is a very influential textbook market, and publishers tend to look to Texas when deciding content for the textbooks they publish.
Buy copies of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me quick before they are all burned.

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