Members of the New Hanover County School Board passed a resolution Tuesday night demanding a delay and rewrite of College Board's new advanced placement U.S. history curriculum framework.
Members of the New Hanover County School Board have expressed several concerns with aspects of the new 2014-2015 framework.
"The new framework appears to diminish the founding fathers impact on America and also diminishes some of the things that America has done in the post war years to improve the world such as the Marshal Plan, which essentially rebuilt Europe after WWI," Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday explained. "America is not cast in a positive light in many of its contributions to the world after WWII and they believe that's important."
According to Collage Board officials, the new framework focuses more on founding documents and requires teachers and students to examine those documents in depth.
However school officials believe the framework leaves out too many important aspects of U.S. history.
"My concerns would be that we give our children an unbalanced picture, and I think the board has some valid concerns," Holliday said.
Board members will be sending out a letter to parents advising them to fully understand the new framework before enrolling their children in the course.
"Our School Board has concerns that the new framework does not present a fair and balanced depiction of American history and culture," the letter states.
Holiday said teachers will be able to pick certain historical areas to focus in on as part of their curriculum within the new framework.
However, he went on to say that those areas will not be on the AP test, only what is in the original framework will be on the test and teachers will have to cover that to prepare students.
The AP test determines if students will receive college credit.
The resolution presented at Tuesday night board meeting states, "the new APUSH Framework reflects a radically revisionist view of American History that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation's history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects."
The letter goes on to state a halt to the rollout of the new curriculum.
The College Board President and CEO responded to concerns in a letter earlier this week. It reads in part:
The concerns are based on a significant misunderstanding. Just like the previous framework, the new framework does not remove individuals or events that have been taught by AP teachers in prior years. Instead, it is just a framework, requiring teachers to populate it with content required by their local standards and priorities.
To read the complete letter, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1t82pqc
To view the new course framework, follow this link to the College Board website: http://bit.ly/1pgByd1
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