As top high school juniors across the country begin Advanced Placement (AP) American history classes this year, they probably won't be learning about the heroics and leadership of George Washington.
Forget Thomas Jefferson and his place in history as the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Ben Franklin, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King -- you won't find them in this curriculum (their contributions or their faults).
They're just not all that important to the educational bureaucrats (plutocrats?) that make up the curriculum/test writers at the College Board, the educational monolith that creates and owns the AP courses as well as the SAT exam.
What you will find is a distorted American history depicting the march toward "social justice," where the oppressed struggle against the rich and powerful.
Forget the fact that no country in history has created more freedom or a better ladder of social mobility. This just doesn't fit the narrative these re-writers of history are seeking to create.
(It is perhaps no surprise to learn that the president of the College Board, David Coleman, is a major architect of the new Common Core standards, for which so many Americans harbor suspicions, if not disdain.)
As a former history teacher in Manatee County and now principal, I call on our state legislators and leaders in the FLDOE to stand against this unacceptable revisionism.
Only when Florida and other like-minded states demand change will Florida's college-bound 11th graders be taught and tested on standards adopted by our great state.