It's bad enough that the Sentinel article is really just a link, but it's worse that the Tennessean does a lousy job covering the story as well.
The gist is that right-wingers are claiming that the AP US History materials are creating "revisionist" history that is politically motivated. The article reports the Republicans' general allegations and that the College Board has said "nuh-uh," but doesn't offer any details of what the supposed College Board revisionist history is.
Following links and digging around, it becomes clear that the Republicans' complaint is that the College Board isn't sticking with a 1950s-era obliviousness to the idea that anyone who isn't white and American has any story to tell at all. They are objecting to things like teaching that the enslavement of Africans was a causative factor for later strife.
All this highlights two important problems. First, we once again have (the allegedly left-wing) media offering up he-said she-said false equivalencies in their (lack of) reporting, leaving wide-open the possibility that the Republican complaints have merit. This just enables that rampant stupidity that passes for political discourse in the 21st century.
Second, once you figure out what it was the newspapers should have actually been reporting, you see the insidious anti-intellectual political agenda that is hidden in plain sight for the tea-party component of the anti-education-reform movement. This is a seriously dangerous thing. These people are not opposed to education reform for the same reasons that many others are. For the right-wingers, it's not about resisting the reforms because they show a lack of respect for teachers, or for the narrowing and dumbing down of what's to be offered as curriculum. For the right-wingers, it's about having local autonomy for the specific purpose of dumbing down the curriculum and institutionalizing the conservative political agenda. It's about teaching US history exclusively from the white, Christian point of view. It's about replacing science with biblical literalism. This is dangerous stuff, folks, and getting in bed with these anti-intellectual conservatives because they claim to share a common enemy will not result in a good outcome for American education.
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