National Association of Scholars: “Becoming a Citizen: The College Board and the Undermining of American History”
On November 18, 2020, the National Association of Scholars will be holding a virtual panel discussion with JMC chairman of the board Jack Miller, as well as David Randall, Lindsey Burke, and Tom Lindsay. Susan Hanssen will moderate.
Since 2014 the College Board has continued to revise and develop the Advanced Placement European, United States, and World History examinations. The College Board’s advanced placement history examinations effectively have become the senior year history courses for our nation’s high schools and the fulcrum on which pivots virtually all history instruction in the United States. When the College Board bungles its history examinations, our children forget what it means to be American.
The College Board’s most recent editions of these AP courses and exams are yet another example of the College Board’s failure to promote a real understanding of our shared American history. All three courses and exams grossly understate the importance of liberty and faith in history, and wherever possible, they minimize Europe, America, and the good they have done. The three Descriptions are only even-handed to the extent that they render all history in equally banal, superficial jargon. The College Board’s fundamental interest in teaching skills rather than content will produce students at best expert at arguing from ignorance. America must replace the College Board with new providers of standardized assessments. The College Board’s sorry record of revising its history Course and Exam Descriptions illustrates the endless mutability of error.
The National Association of Scholars’ new report, Disfigured History: How the College Board Demolishes the Past, details the slipshod, politicized history in all three of the College Board’s 2019 revisions to its History Course and Exam.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 2:00 PM, EST
A virtual discussion through Zoom
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Jack Miller is founder and chairman of the Jack Miller Center. As a Chicago philanthropist and businessman, he is also founder and chairman of the Jack Miller Family Foundation and a Benida Group partner, a commercial real estate development and investment business. Jack founded the Quill Corporation, which grew to the largest independent direct marketer of office products, employing over 1,300 people prior to its sale to Staples in 1998. He supports a number of Jewish and community causes, medical research and educational advocacy initiatives, and causes that advance education in the ideals that are embodied by the United States and its founding documents.
Jack was inducted into Philanthropy World magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and has received multiple awards, including the Joseph H. Kanter Citizen of the Year Award in 2012 at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Citizenship. Jack is the author of Simply Success and Born to be Free.
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