ON-Lion Letter

In June, a group of 55 scholars released an open letter opposing revisions to the Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) course.  The new framework ignores American exceptionalism, the letter says.

American history as taught in the new APUSH course, according to the letter, focuses on "the conflict between social groups" and pays little attention to "sources of national unity and cohesion."

Top students take the APUSH course in high school, and many receive college credit when they earn qualifying scores on the corresponding exam.  The letter says that for these students, "the AP test effectively has taken the place of the formerly required U.S. history survey course in colleges and universities, making its structure and contents a matter of even greater importance from the standpoint of civic education."

Bradley Prize recipients James W. Ceaser, Robert P. George, Victor Davis Hanson, Leon R. Kass, Yuval Levin, Harvey C. Mansfield, and Stephan Thernstrom initially signed the letter, among several dozen other prominent scholars.

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) in New York City published it and is providing a platform on its website for written critiques of the APUSH standards.  NAS did not sign the letter, but several of its past and present leaders did.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NAS.

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