Americans United on the Religious Right’s Attempts to Control What’s Taught in Our History Classes
Sarah Jones recently wrote story for “Church & State,” ( Americans United online publication called ) “Happy History : To Religious Right Groups, The United States Is God’s Favorite Nation — And It Has Never Done Anything Wrong”
It should come as no shock to anyone here, that like creationism, which they also are determined to crammed down our kid’s throats, the new “history” standards they want, won’t be based on reality.
It’s May, and for many high school students that means one thing: It’s time to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
The barrage of testing is something of a springtime ritual for many high school students across the land. Teenagers take AP exams to prove that they are able to handle the more challenging work they will encounter in college. In some cases, students can earn college credit while still in high school by taking AP courses.
AP exams, therefore, are rigorous, and the task of preparing students to pass them now supports an entire industry. Raising the stakes even higher, AP success is often essential to winning a coveted slot at an elite university.
But if some ultra-conservative groups have their way, that could change very soon.
Most people, when they think of public school curriculum battles, focus on science education - and with good reason. The campaign to teach “intelligent design” in addition to evolutionary theory has long been a staple fight for Religious Right activists