David Coleman Attacks Students’ Love of America
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“David Coleman Attacks Students’ Love of America”
By Donna Garner
David Coleman is the architect of the Common Core Standards. When he finished his disastrous work there, he became the president of The College Board where he has publicly stated that the College Board products will now be aligned with the Common Core Standards.
The College Board produces the SAT, the GED, and all the Advanced Placement (AP) tests.
Some 550,000 of our country’s brightest and best students take AP U. S. History.
The new AP U. S. History Framework (APUSH) consistently emphasizes the negative events of U. S. history while ignoring the positive achievements of the U. S.
“The new College Board Framework will replace the traditional 5-page topical outline with a 98-page document that dictates how teachers should cover the required topics…”
Larry Krieger, an experienced, widely acclaimed Advanced Placement teacher, says that the new Advanced Placement U. S. History Framework, “defines, discusses, and interprets ‘the required knowledge of each period.’”
The College Board’s own website confirms that the AP exam will focus exclusively on content specified in the Framework. In short, what is not tested will not be taught.
DAVID COLEMAN’S NEW ADVANCED PLACEMENT U. S. HISTORY FRAMEWORK EXCLUDES:
George Washington (reduced to a 1 sentence fragment about Farewell Address)
Lost Generation authors (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Lewis)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
HISTORICAL EVENTS EXCLUDED BY DAVID COLEMAN:
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
America’s Lend-Lease program (provided over $50 billion in military equipment to help our allies defeat Hitler)
The heroism and sacrifices of American servicemen and women
DAVID COLEMAN’S OBVIOUSLY BIASED FRAMEWORK REQUIREMENTS:
Dominant theme – “European exploitation led to native decline and black bondage”
Discusses architecture of Spanish missions rather than the merits of our 1776 heroes
Stresses colonial America as having “rigid racial hierarchy” and a “strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority” — ignores U. S. founding principles that inspired the movement to abolish slavery
Reinterprets Manifest Destiny by not emphasizing the spreading of democracy and new technologies – instead dwells on white racial superiority
Reduces study of Declaration of Independence to one phrase in one sentence — ignores sacrifices signers made who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause of freedom
Ignores efforts of U. S. civilians and armed forces to defeat fascism — instead dwells upon internment of Japanese Americans, dropping of atomic bombs, race and segregation
WORKS OMITTED BY DAVID COLEMAN:
Winthrop’s” City on a Hill” sermon
Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Excerpts from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
Frederick Jackson Turner’s essay on “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”
Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath
Excerpts from Dr. King’s writings
Barbara Jordan’s speech on the Constitution before the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment hearings
Jane Robbins and Larry Krieger stated on 6.19.14:
“The redesigned Framework is best described as a curricular coup. The College Board now imposes detailed ‘required knowledge’ that is very different from the curriculum mandated by state curriculum guides. For example, the College Board commissioned a group of Texas teachers to determine how well the mandated Texas state curriculum (TEKS) correlates with the new APUSH Framework. They found a shocking lack of correlation. In Units 6 – 9 alone of the APUSH framework, the teachers found 181 TEKS elements omitted from the APUSH. And the Texas situation is repeated in many other states that will see their mandated history curriculum displaced by the radical new APUSH Framework.”
RESOURCES USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
6.22.14 — “Urgent: AP US History Framework Tied to Common Core – Illegal in Texas” — by Donna Garner