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In 2012, the College Board, a nonprofit that runs the SAT and Advanced Placement programs, revised their Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course. This class, which allows high school students to gain college credit, would focus more on critical thinking and less on memorization. Historians created the framework, and most high school teachers have approved it.

Starting in the summer of 2014, however, it sent several states into an uproar. Their grievance? It portrays the United States in too negative a light and fails to promote "American exceptionalism." Conservative lawmakers also condemned the course material as liberally biased due to its "emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, grievance and American-bashing" (qtd. in The Hechinger Report). Because of this, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Georgia, and other states have attempted to revise, replace, and cut funding for APUSH.

The groups that deserve the most say in this issue, like scholars, students, teachers, and the College Board, have fought back, arguing the coursework is neither unpatriotic nor biased. It encourages students to examine our nation's complex history in context, think critically, and form personal opinions about various events. This kind of thinking is necessary, not only for a college-level course, but also for our country's future. If we want to raise an intelligent, well-informed generation, students need to learn history, not nationalistic propaganda.

Politicians argue the APUSH curriculum will indoctrinate students with a liberal agenda. In reality, they are trying to force their "America the Great" views onto students.

Show your support for the College Board and tell the Department of Education that states should not defund, revise, or replace an optional course on the grounds of patriotism. Our children should learn how to think, not what to think.

Dear Secretary Arne Duncan:

Beginning in the summer of 2014, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Georgia, and other states grew outraged over the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course. Some threatened to cut the program's funding, while others devised revisions or replacements. The uproar stemmed from claims that the curriculum was "unpatriotic." Legislators believed the course's curriculum portrayed our country in too negative a light.

The argument these politicians stir, however, is unfounded. The APUSH course encourages critical thinking about historical events, including events in which our nation does not take pride. Classes like this are of utmost importance. History tends to repeat itself, and as a result, our future leaders need to be aware of our nation's past mistakes so they can actively try to avoid making them again. To do this, we must raise a generation of critical thinkers.

Please pass a measure preventing states from defunding, revising, or replacing courses on the grounds of patriotism. Our children should be taught how to think, not what to think.

Thank you for your consideration.


Petition Signatures

Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Maria Antonia Martinez
Jul 30, 2015 carlo gemin What kind of patriotism is one founded on lies?
Jul 30, 2015 Marie Boyle our limited and censored media and history is closed and white washed enough. please don't make it even more artificial. we were never perfect. its good to have pride, but we need to learn to swallow it too.
Jul 30, 2015 Theresa Tzitzira US citizens are considered history ignorant anyway by the rest of the world, let's not make things worse...
Jul 30, 2015 Debi Allen
Jul 30, 2015 Val Hoff
Jul 30, 2015 Alicia Ramos Álvarez
Jul 30, 2015 Rita Meuer
Jul 30, 2015 Tom Smets
Jul 30, 2015 Mallory Maraccini
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 Eugenie Braun
Jul 29, 2015 Luis Figueroa
Jul 29, 2015 Sharim Frangos
Jul 29, 2015 Luerra Hammond
Jul 29, 2015 Kristen Lightbody
Jul 29, 2015 Kimberly Wiley
Jul 29, 2015 Carole-Joy Evert
Jul 29, 2015 jan karol need help writing alternative [actual] history of colorado rad women & progressive truth of state...
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 Haley Armstrong
Jul 29, 2015 paula p
Jul 29, 2015 Betty Klinger
Jul 29, 2015 Thomas Avery
Jul 29, 2015 Kelly Fitzgerald Be truthful with our history.
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Sandra Lady
Jul 28, 2015 Marilyn Johnson Education cannot be complete if it's based on a lie.
Jul 28, 2015 Lizbeth Sanchez
Jul 28, 2015 Cheryl Mason-Middleton
Jul 28, 2015 Lisa Weston Bialy
Jul 28, 2015 jeanette heroux
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Ezra Mable
Jul 28, 2015 Elaine Green
Jul 28, 2015 Julia Haynes
Jul 28, 2015 Robert Lombardi
Jul 28, 2015 Mel Jones
Jul 28, 2015 Debi Durham
Jul 28, 2015 Diane Berliner
Jul 28, 2015 Ted Williams
Jul 28, 2015 Michael Melosh We are who we are, warts and all. Our future generations need to be able to see what we have done and who we were to understand who we are and who we can become.
Jul 28, 2015 Tom Schwartz American "exceptionalism" is nothing more than American propaganda being used to try and soothe a very divided American population that's trying to feel good about itself again - history is history, warts and all.
Jul 28, 2015 Yolanda Carrera Our children should learn HOW to think, not what to think.
Jul 28, 2015 Jamie Bates The history of our country is one we should be proud of even though the forming of this country was rough. If the history taught to our youth is censored then what is to stop them from making the same mistakes of our ancestors?
Jul 28, 2015 Shaun Kelly
Jul 28, 2015 wendy Jones
Jul 28, 2015 Diego Vega
Jul 28, 2015 Priscila Espinosa

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