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ERIC Number: ED569226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
The Disappearing Continent: A Critique of the Revised Advanced Placement European History Examination
Randall, David
National Association of Scholars
This document extends the National Association of Scholars' (NAS's) critique of the College Board from Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) to Advanced Placement European History (APEH). The College Board distorts APEH in the same way that it distorted the first version of APUSH. The traditional history of Europe tells how Europeans, uniquely, articulated the ideals of freedom, put them into practice, and created the modern world. APEH's leftist skew transforms the history of Europe into a story of a generic modernization process that turned Europe into a secular, well-governed welfare state. This skew disserves American high school students by presenting a badly distorted history of Europe that ignores or minimizes the parts of Europe's history that contradict its progressive narrative. Throughout this report, lists of topics missing from the APEH framework are provided to illustrate APEH's exclusion of key themes and subject areas from its curriculum. A large number of missing subjects make clear the scale and the distorting character of APEH's omissions. However, the range of topics and significant events is too large to permit a truly comprehensive approach. The point in noting so many omissions is not that they all should be corrected in detail, but that APEH should change its examination to include whole categories of history that it currently neglects. This report focuses primarily on the substance of APEH's distortions of European history and secondarily on how APEH's framework gets rid of most reasons to study the subject. Recommendations for revising APEH are included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Scholars (NAS)