Professors across the country are speaking out against the AP U.S. history exam, arguing that the new test only focuses on America’s shortcomings.
The letter, which was signed by 55 scholars, reads, in part:
The new framework is organized around such abstractions as “identity,” “peopling,” “work, exchange, and technology,” and “human geography” while downplaying essential subjects, such as the sources, meaning, and development of America’s ideals and political institutions, notably the Constitution. Elections, wars, diplomacy, inventions, discoveries—all these formerly central subjects tend to dissolve into the vagaries of identity-group conflict.
University of Dallas history professor Susan Hanssen said on “Fox and Friends” that “there’s kind of a pervasive anti-patriotism that’s being taught in schools.”
Hanssen remarked that there are only three references to the Constitution in the index of the 70-page exam guide: One mentions the postponement of dealing with slavery, a second reference notes that the Constitution didn’t deal with the question of tribal lands, and a third mention of the Constitution says that it left so many loose ends that divisive political parties arose.
“There’s no discussion of limited government, checks and balances, the idea of natural rights, the idea of the laws of nature and nature as God,” Hanssen said. “There’s a real gap in the teaching of American history.”