Facts are just not important to many of the good citizens of the fine state of Oklahoma, and certainly not historical facts. Oklahomans seem to be living in a fantasy world, and state legislators are hard at work to move their state even further from reality. Is this a symptom of a mass psychosis? No, that has a better chance of being cured. Rather, this is due to a skewed view of the United States and the egotistical and absurd belief of absolute American exceptionalism resulting in the mind set that throughout its long and glorious history, this county and its “real” citizens have never done anything “wrong”. This results in the further belief that historians who say differently are lying bastards and that their accounts of history need to be ripped from textbooks and never mentioned in Oklahoma classrooms, especially those advanced placement classes inhabited by the smart kids.
|First term State Representative Dan Fisher, whose full-time occupation for the past thirty-plus years has been as a church pastor, and who has frequently spoken of his beliefs that the American Revolution was only successful because of preachers who were the real leaders of the efforts for independence and "the primary force in the fight for liberty", and|
The Oklahoma House Education Committee on which Fisher sits has overwhelmingly passed his bill, which is assured of becoming law in the overwhelmingly gop-dominated state, that would de-fund AP American History classes, due to their teaching students facts that he and his cohorts say make America looks bad and fail to hammer into students the belief of American exceptionalism.
So, what will Oklahoma use to replace AP History? Why their own classes, courses, set of historical facts, and tests, that’s what! And just what would this new curricula include, you ask? Can’t you just guess? Well first and foremost, that historical document which forms the basis of democratic society, the ten commandments. Yep, none of that historical stuff for Oklahoma, it’s religion all the way for Pastor Fisher and his flock. What else is there? Well of course the course material is loaded with speeches given by r reagan and george w bush. Omitted? Well, anything ever uttered by Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.
|AP History curricula and tests were updated in the past couple of years, with the new material authored by, and with wide support of, AP U.S. History teachers and college-level US history professors, according to Trevor Packer, who leads the Advanced Placement program for the College Board. Contrary to what they believe in Oklahoma, Packer has been quoted as saying:|
“Rather than reducing the role of the Founders, the new framework places more focus on their writings and their essential role in our nation’s history, and recognizes American heroism, courage and innovation.”
But all Fisher wants to be taught as US History is honor thy father and mother and “Mission Accomplished” (g w bush, May 1, 2003).