Take a wild guess as to which party might make funding Advanced Placement classes illegal in Oklahoma…
I haven’t posted much this past week, and I won’t be posting much the next week due to a couple of looming deadlines for non-OT pieces. But I kind of wanted to share this tidbit, which was forwarded to me by my sister: It looks like the state of Oklahoma may be making AP classes illegal:
The legality of teaching Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma public schools was raised Monday during a House Common Education Committee hearing on a bill aimed at the AP U.S. history guidelines.
That measure, House Bill 1380, by Rep. Dan Fisher, R-Yukon, would direct the state Board of Education to review those guidelines and bar the use of state funds for AP U.S. history courses… During discussion and debate, however, it was suggested that AP courses are similar to Common Core, in that they could be construed as an attempt to impose a national curriculum on American schools.
Although HB 1380 specifically targets U.S. history, a ruling that it violates state law related to curriculum and assessment could apply to all AP courses.
Advanced Placement is a nationally recognized series of courses and tests developed by the College Board, a private entity, with the assistance of high school and college faculty, that allows high school students to earn college credit. It is not required for high school graduation, and public schools do not have to offer it.
Fisher, who has been active in a church-and-state organization called the Black Robe Regiment, said the AP U.S. history course framework emphasizes “what is bad about America.”
And thus the radicalization and abandonment of conservatism by the American Right just keeps on chuggin’.