Right, Left and Center, the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) rewrite has come under fire. To be blunt, this rewrite is disastrous. It’s so bad, the authors of the APUSH framework have had to write a letter explaining themselves. We have one of the authors right here in NC, Ted Dickson of Providence Day School. Read the letter they wrote, then read the take down of it by Larry Krieger, a History expert with over 35 years of experience. Krieger also earned his degrees in North Carolina — B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.A. from Wake Forest University.
The framework authors aside, we have our own disaster to deal with in North Carolina. Bill Cobey, the Chairman of the NC State Board of Education, says no one has asked for APUSH be dropped (emphasis mine):
A national debate over AP U.S. History has reached North Carolina.
Teachers are worried that the state is on the verge of getting rid of the classes, but the leader of the State Board of Education says there are no such plans.
Board Chairman Bill Cobey said no one has suggested that the state kill the course.
Teachers are forwarding an email chain with advice to contact State Board of Education members. Cobey said he’s gotten some, and wants to assure the public the course will continue. – News and Observer
In one line, Cobey says no one is suggesting they kill the course. In the next one, he acknowledges he has received emails to KEEP it. Chairman Cobey is either having his cake and eating it too or pulling a Captain Literal on the reporter for the News and Observer hoping they won’t follow up. Don’t worry Bill, they won’t.
THEREFORE, the New Hanover County Board of Education hereby petitions the North Carolina State Board of Education and the State Superintendent, June Atkinson, to request the College Board to delay the implementation of the new APUSH Framework for at least a year.FURTHERMORE, the New Hanover County Board of Education strongly encourages the Legislature to investigate this matter.
I’d like to direct Chairman Cobey to a recent article by Lindalyn Kakadelis of the John Locke Foundation that links to important information on just what a mess APUSH is. READ THE WHOLE THING. In the article, Kakadelis calls out DPI and the State Board on it:
The General Assembly passed a bill that became law on June 23, 2011, and applies beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The law requires every high school student graduating in our state to take a class dedicated to the founding documents of our country, and pass. Meanwhile, DPI and the State Board (at the recommendations of DPI) are permitting students to opt out. So what it is? Total inaptness or an agenda? No wonder the Senate wanted to reduce DPI’s budget 30% . Either inaptness or agenda just don’t think 30% was enough! – Lockerroom, John Locke
Given his statement I opened this article with, I think Chairman Cobey is falling in the category of inaptness here. Remember, he’s leading the NC State Board of Education and has the confidence of Governor Rebrand.