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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wrapping up...probably not the end of the History wars....

Well, this section is pretty anti-climatic after slogging through the SJW swamp.  Chronology is always tough when studying American history and there doesn't seem to be a really wrong way to chop it up into bite sized pieces.

Section III: The Concept Outline
Historical Periods


I think the AP history does a pretty good job, I think the weighting as far as the exam goes is pretty decent to. 

There, see nothing controversial here.

So, to sum up, let's turn not to your favorite Grouchy Historian for the last word...I know, crazy huh?

Let's instead turn to the protest from 55 actual SCHOLARS on the subject...since of course, liberal progressive Ivy League  graduates would never be impressed with little ol' me.


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. The new framework scrubs away all traces of what used to be the chief glory of historical writing—vivid and compelling narrative—and reduces history to an bloodless interplay of abstract and impersonal forces.

The new framework makes a shift from “identity” to “identities.” Indeed, the new framework is so populated with examples of American history as the conflict between social groups, and so inattentive to the sources of national unity and cohesion, that it is hard to see how students will gain any coherent idea of what those sources might be. This does them, and us, an immense disservice.

We believe that the study of history should expose our young students to vigorous debates about the nature of American exceptionalism, American identity, and America’s role in the world. Such debates are the warp and woof of historical understanding. We do not seek to reduce the education of our young to the inculcation of fairy tales, or of a simple, whitewashed, heroic, even hagiographical nationalist narrative. Instead, we support a course that fosters informed and reflective civic awareness, while providing a vivid sense of the grandeur and drama of its subject. 

So, there you have it...my opinion on the new AP History.  Good...maybe...Biased..YOU BETCHA...Academically rigorous...who knows...what I would use to teach my homeschoolers...um NO.

Or as we say in the South here "Bless your heart, you liberal SJWs"

Or as I personally like to say "And the horse you rode in on"



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