Conservative School Board Members Who Pushed For ‘Patriotic’ History Get Booted

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Conservative School Board Members Who Pushed For 'Patriotic' History Get Booted | ThinkProgress

In Colorado’s second-largest school district, residents overwhelmingly voted to recall three conservative school board members who floated a controversial proposal that the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum be changed to “promote patriotism.” Voters ended up creating an entirely new school board in Jefferson County.

The College Board, which created the guidelines for the AP history standards, recently faced major backlash from conservative groups that claimed the standards should include “American exceptionalism” and did not approve of the College Board’s choice to include more information about violence against Native Americans and the growing influence of social conservatives. Conservatives also complained that there was not any mention of the Founding Fathers.

After the guidelines became controversial and state legislators and school board members decried them as unpatriotic, College Board announced the guidelines for AP history curriculum would be changed to include “American exceptionalism” and include the founding fathers. Those changes were immediate. The College Board said it had “previously assumed it wasn’t something it needed to spell out as part of what would be taught in an American history course.”
American Exceptionalism is a lie

The Myth of American Exceptionalism | Foreign Policy

Over the last two centuries, prominent Americans have described the United States as an "empire of liberty," a "shining city on a hill," the "last best hope of Earth," the "leader of the free world," and the "indispensable nation." These enduring tropes explain why all presidential candidates feel compelled to offer ritualistic paeans to America’s greatness and why President Barack Obama landed in hot water — most recently, from Mitt Romney — for saying that while he believed in "American exceptionalism," it was no different from "British exceptionalism," "Greek exceptionalism," or any other country’s brand of patriotic chest-thumping.

Most statements of "American exceptionalism" presume that America’s values, political system, and history are unique and worthy of universal admiration. They also imply that the United States is both destined and entitled to play a distinct and positive role on the world stage.

The only thing wrong with this self-congratulatory portrait of America’s global role is that it is mostly a myth. Although the United States possesses certain unique qualities — from high levels of religiosity to a political culture that privileges individual freedom — the conduct of U.S. foreign policy has been determined primarily by its relative power and by the inherently competitive nature of international politics. By focusing on their supposedly exceptional qualities, Americans blind themselves to the ways that they are a lot like everyone else.

This unchallenged faith in American exceptionalism makes it harder for Americans to understand why others are less enthusiastic about U.S. dominance, often alarmed by U.S. policies, and frequently irritated by what they see as U.S. hypocrisy, whether the subject is possession of nuclear weapons, conformity with international law, or America’s tendency to condemn the conduct of others while ignoring its own failings. Ironically, U.S. foreign policy would probably be more effective if Americans were less convinced of their own unique virtues and less eager to proclaim them.
 
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There is nothing factual in this propaganda piece regarding why the school board members were voted out.
 
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There is nothing factual in this propaganda piece regarding why the school board members were voted out.
Fine, why do you think they were booted out?
And were these the same people that proposed the Promote Patriotism" history curriculum or were they not?
You're saying it was just a coincidence?
 
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Fine, why do you think they were booted out?
And were these the same people that proposed the Promote Patriotism" history curriculum or were they not?
You're saying it was just a coincidence?
They were voted out because of the unions. They wanted teacher's pay to be tied to evaluations and they wanted to cut spending.

There is no "American exceptionalism" backlash over AP history. The backlash is that AP history will not prepare the students for college because it does not teach American history.
 
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They were voted out because of the unions. They wanted teacher's pay to be tied to evaluations and they wanted to cut spending.

There is no "American exceptionalism" backlash over AP history. The backlash is that AP history will not prepare the students for college because it does not teach American history.
Provide your proof of that.
 
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I blame the NIV ninja god of the federal reserve bank
 
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Where would Europe be today if not for the United States? Under a brutal Nazi dictatorship doing the goosestep. Where would China be today if not for the United States? Under a brutal Imperial Japan Military dictatorship and so on.