Alternative History is a popular genre on the political right; some of their most lauded fiction authors, like David Barton, write in it. Given how popular it is to revise history to fit their narrative, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that GOP revisionists think the new Advanced Placement U.S. History framework is “unpatriotic” and as a result, an Oklahoma House committee took aim at it on Monday.
The bill, introduced by State Representative Dan Fisher (R) at the beginning of the month, will hold state funding hostage until the College Board changes the curriculum. It also calls on the state Department of Ed to establish a replacement program.
According to Fischer, the AP History course emphasizes “what is bad about America,” and the framework eliminates the concept of “American Exceptionalism,” He’s far from alone in that complaint. Conservatives, angry that their Alternative History has once again been impinged upon by reality, have been attacking it since the framework was released by the College Board in 2012. The RNC also claimed it was “consistently negative” in it’s “view of American history,” and numerous schools have denounced the exam.
Apparently, if it isn’t a unicorn crapping star-spangled rainbows while Ronald Reagan, eagle on his shoulder, solemnly salutes Baby Jesus to Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A., it’s liberal bilge and not even worth entertaining.
During the hearing on the bill, idiot state lawmakers questioned the necessity and legality of all AP courses, comparing them to the Common Core. Oklahoma repealed the Common Core, and as a result, lawmakers were concerned that the College Board courses were an effort to create a national curriculum — because this is somehow a bad thing in Conservaland.
State Rep Sally Kern (R) noted that she’d asked the attorney general to review whether the AP classes violated the legislation that repealed the Common Core.
The House Common Education Committee voted for the bill 11-4. It was split along party lines: The party of common sense against the Party of Stupid.