The College Board has just rewritten the 2015 teaching guidelines for American history for high-school students. And as Daniel Henninger writes in the WSJ, they “are about as balanced as one could hope for. The framework itself, on the College Board website inside the AP tab, is worth a look.”
What happened? In a word—federalism. States like Georgia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas started pushing back and opposing the guidelines imposed by the College Board. ”Stanley Kurtz, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has argued that the College Board was concerned that its lucrative nationwide testing franchise would be at risk if states began to replace it with their own courses. I think he’s right,” writes Mr. Henninger. Read more here on why this “isn’t just an about-face. It is an important political event.”
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