To the editor:
[Re: ‘Who decides what should be taught in U.S. history?’ Reporter Newspapers Education Guide, Sept. 18-Oct. 1)].
The bias in the AP history curriculum is easily provable by a simple review of the key concepts that are taught.
In the 2011 AP study guide (edited by Stephen Armstrong), I reviewed the section labeled “Prosperity in a New World Order (1988-2000).” The first thing you note is that the title of this section gives away a secular agenda – only the Left promotes the notion of a world order that is governed by people that share their views. (Hint: the elite leaders are not conservatives.)
In the review section at the end of the chapter there are five multiple choice questions. Three questions concern Clinton and two on George Bush. Of the Clinton questions, it is clear that the intent is to have students think of Bill Clinton in a positive light and Bush in the negative.
For example, Question 1 discusses the “defining characteristic” of the Clinton presidency. Not one of the five choices refers to impeachment, which any objective historian would at least provide as a possible answer. The “correct” answer is B – pragmatic policy making.
As for Bush – all questions promote negative views. Question 2 begins with the statement “George Bush alienated many conservatives by …”. Question 3 begins “Critics accuse Bush of lacking vision because…”.
The chapter also emphasizes Clinton’s success in the economic arena, when in fact he simply presided over an economy that was in the midst of the Internet revolution – a trained monkey could have been president during the Clinton years and (incorrectly) gotten the same credit.
It is clear that the people that create American History curriculum are predominantly liberal (as polls consistently show) and you have to look no further than the study guides to confirm this fact.