Oklahoma Votes To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History Classes

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The state of Oklahoma has voted to ban the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) class. Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced legislation to end funding for APUSH, because the course fails to teach “American exceptionalism.” The course includes aspects of history that do not depict the U.S. in a favorable light, although the events discussed are factually accurate.

The Advanced Placement program was developed by College Board, a private organization. Classes in the Advanced Placement program are considered college level and can be submitted for credit at many universities  potentially reducing the cost of college by letting students skip certain classes.

In addition to banning APUSH, Fisher proposed an alternative plan. He designated 58 documents that “shall form the base level of academic content for all United States History courses offered in the schools in the state.

Though Fisher’s list has some overlap with the APUSH curriculum, it includes the Ten Commandments and fails to incorporate any speeches made by a Democrat since President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The bill banning APUSH passed the Oklahoma House Education committee on Feb. 16, with a vote of 11-4, Think Progress reported. 

Fisher is a member of The Black Robe Regiment, a group that is not in favor of the separation of church and state and claims “the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists.” The group also claims that a “growing tide of special interest groups (is) indoctrinating our youth at the exclusion of the Christian perspective.”

Efforts to ban APUSH are also gaining traction in Georgia and North Carolina.

Source: Think Progress / Image via CollegeDegrees360/Flickr