The Death of APUSH in Oklahoma

The current APUSH textbook

APUSH, or Advanced Placement US History, is a class that was made for students that wanted more out of history.  It goes in depth on all major events that have occurred in the United States.  Oklahoma, as you may or may not have heard, has decided that the course itself is “unpatriotic,” and “consistently negative,” so they’ve decided to remove it and replace it with something more positive.  WHAT?  I’m shocked something so incredibly stupid could be ratified in Oklahoma.

When I first read about this, I didn’t even know where to start.  They’re removing a class because it tells the truth about America.  “The truth hurts,” is a popular saying, but more often than not, people need to hear it.  What if one day, Americans don’t learn about how we slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Indians in order to populate America?  Can we really just sweep things like that under the rug and forget about it?  By not including things that are “negative,” in the curriculum, Oklahoma is saying that it’s not important and that it doesn’t need to be discussed.  And it’s so clearly the opposite!  If we forget about things like this, aren’t we bound to repeat our mistakes?  We can’t pretend that America is the greatest nation that has ever existed; it’s certainly a great nation(in my opinion anyhow), but we’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way just like anybody else has, and to deny that is lunacy.

But wait, there’s more!  I read over the new act they’re putting in place and there are some… questionable things in it.  Most of their plans for the course look the same(minus, you know, what we did wrong), but I noticed they’re including “Objects of historical significance that have formed and influenced the United States legal or governmental system and that exemplify the development of the rule of law including, but not limited to, the Magna Carta, the Mecklenburg Declaration, the Ten Commandments and the Justinian Code.”

“the Ten Commandments”

Again, what?  What’s the purpose of including the Ten Commandments in school curriculum?  Is the founding of the United States the most important part of our history?  Some might argue yes, but I think what makes this nation so amazing is how it developed to get to where it is today.  Don’t get me wrong, the principles that our nation were founded on are great, but why include religious doctrine?  If they’re including it, I can only assume that there will be a bias towards it as well.  So, they’re combining religion with public education.  Whatever happened to separation of religion and state?  Speaking as a Christian, I can tell you that forcing your beliefs onto somebody is the absolute worst way of going about it.  People don’t like being forced into things, and it just makes you look bad.

Finally, I think the last section of this new law is the best yet.  “It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.”  FOR THE PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC PEACE, HEALTH AND SAFETY.  My brain just about shut off here.  They make it sound like a war is going to break out because of this class!  This is one of the worst justifications of, well, just about anything that I’ve ever seen.  But hey, to each his own.

Read the article here in PDF form

Alright everybody, my rant is over.  Let me know what you think about all of this, I’m sure there’s a lot left to say about it.

-Chris

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