One of these days, I am going to form a non-profit to raise awareness of non-profits who are raising awareness of their awareness… or something. Case in point – the raising of awareness of AP U.S. History by non-profits like The NC Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT).
The NC Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) has started sending emails to educators all over North Carolina. NCAGT is promoting the idea that not allowing for APUSH by iteself to satisfy the Founding Principles Act will “seriously and adversely affect academically and intellectually gifted children in North Carolina.”
No. Just the opposite is true.
The new APUSH framework is hotly contested for litany of reasons and is slanted at best. Having this course be the only basis for U.S. history would be a disaster and that would “seriously and adversely affect academically and intellectually gifted children in North Carolina.”
APUSH by itself does not satisfy the Founding Principles Act. The message from NCAGT dismisses this fact entirely. Not surprising since they don’t even have the Founding Principles Act on their legislative section of their website.
The message also says this policy change could come ‘as early as this week’. That’s not true either since the most recent State Education Board meeting just took place and has slated a debate to occur on the topic. Clearly, this isn’t going to happen overnight.
STATEMENT FOR NCAGT WEBSITE AND E-MAILS CONCERNING AP and IB COURSES
ACTION NEEDED REGARDING PROPOSED State Board of Education POLICY CHANGES: Advanced History Courses (AP/IB) To No Longer Satisfy Graduation Requirements for NC Students?
The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently discussing a revision of NC graduation requirements. If passed, these new requirements would not allow AP or IB American History courses to count toward graduation requirements. The Board claims that this will better align with the existing statute HB 588, The Founding Principles Act (2011). As a result, AP and IB students would have to take basic American History I AND their AP or IB course, limiting their other course choices and creating redundancy.
Historically and currently, the SBE allows advanced courses such as AP History, IB History of the Americas and other equivalent post-secondary courses to substitute for the basic American History I graduation requirement. If, however, the SBE changes this policy, it will affect at least 20,000 students, beginning with 9th graders who entered school this fall. This is a change that will seriously and adversely affect academically and intellectually gifted children in North Carolina. Information and discussion about these proposed changes can be found here: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=10399&MID=1488
The SBE discussed concerns about the newly redesigned AP U.S. History course, and expressed differing views about its content and framework. Also discussed was how to ensure that all NC students would get a strong foundation in American History if they “only” took an advanced course and not the basic American History I. This is a change that will seriously and adversely affect academically and intellectually gifted children in North Carolina. Information and discussion about these proposed changes can be found here: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=10399&MID=1488
It is expected that this policy change could occur later this week. If you are concerned about these proposed changes and their impact on students, please comment to your school board member and other officials at https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/AboutUs/AboutUs.aspx?S=10399&TID=1
— Laura Parrott Fine Arts, AVID, and Academically or Intellectually Gifted Programming Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Contact Information: 252.462.2516 | LLParrott@nrms.k12.nc.us North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented Board Member www.ncagt.org