all 7 comments

[–]hoppet 8 points9 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

Republicans HATE THEM.

Find out the latest AP exams that are sweeping the nation, and having republicans clutching their constituents with a death grip.

[–]hoovy_woopeans 5 points6 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

Last year I really got the sense that this was already taught in all APUSH classes. From my personal experience and from literally everyone I talked to, they were taught by their teachers to think more critically of America and stay away from nationalist thinking during the course. It's great that they're standardizing it because it should force some teachers who don't yet teach this way to start.

[–]hoovy_woopeans 4 points5 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

Of course it bears mentioning that I live with a fairly liberal bias surrounding me and I've never met a conservative history teacher even though they're no doubt out there.

[–]Rhubarb 2 points3 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

In my experience, at the high school level STEM (of course) and history teachers tend to be the more conservative teachers. My main high school teacher, for example, seemed to have a pretty libertarian bent, though thankfully none of that showed through when he was actually teaching the class.

A few of the people I know who were trying to major in history were kind of the same way. I think it has to do with, like that Repub quoted in the article, learning about the "great American battles" and all the "great generals".

[–]hoovy_woopeans 2 points3 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

yeah, I guess I falsely assumed that most people who were attracted towards majoring in History put a lot of critical thinking into it.

[–]Rhubarb 4 points5 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

It seems the actual coursework does even them out bit and make them think, but there is still some resistance to what university history professors actually teach.

Another example, my roommate last year was big into history, but military history specifically, and he'd complain to his friends about the fact that his professor for his WWII class was a feminist. The dude also played CoD and Battlefield a lot, so I can't really say I was surprised.

[–]blueduch 3 points4 points ago

sorry, this has been archived and can no longer be voted on

Yeah, APUSH has never taught "presidential trivia and the heroic exploits of our founding fathers," as the article says. AP history classes have always focused on critical thinking. They always taught "how racism was a foundational ideology of the early colonists and that immigrants have long been exploited for their labor." It sounds to me like the college board just made a new test and tweaked the way questions were worded, and then described their changes as increasing the emphasis on critical thinking. There might be more critical thinking now, but it's not a big leap and Republicans could've been upset about this long before now.