College Board rewrites history for AP test

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

By Carolyn Cho

Political parties have always had a significant impact in America by changing our Constitution, our election process, and now, our education system.

In August, the Republican Nation Committee (GOP) adopted a resolution to alter the framework of the Advanced Placement (AP) United States History exam.

The GOP wishes to alter the contents of 11th grade history due to their belief that the previous framework was a “[radical] revision of view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history, while omitting or minimizing positive aspects,” according to the Associated Press.

The GOP, the Associated Press states, intends to alter the AP history classes’ framework in order to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and beliefs of the free-market system.”

The Republican party wishes to instill in and teach young American students patriotism by blurring the lines of America’s irksome faults by erasing the part of history concerning he mistreatement of minorites. The College Board glosses over  past events with a beautifying pen, hoping to perfect and erase history.

And by doing so, they not only neglect and eradicate the mistakes we have made in the past, but the struggles, the tears, and the hardships of the minority groups who fought tenuously for a better America. In turn, we dissolve the facts, by replacing them with content that simply glorifies our nation and our founding fathers.

Of course, love for the country is always encouraged; however, an educational course, originally meant to enlighten young students and make them conscientious of past grievances, now evolves towards a skewed, misrepresented history course that is rewritten by the victors.

History is no place for the government’s meddling, as education should not be filtered by the political leaders, but by the teachers whose jobs are about teaching children to become responsible learners, citizens, rather than ignorantly patriotic adults who think America is perfect.

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Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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