Students Weigh In on OK Bill to Defund AP US History Classes

Students Weigh In on OK Bill to Defund AP US History Classes
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For Miami High School Senior Marriah Darnell AP US history is one of her favorite classes.

“It’s something that everybody needs to know a little bit about so that you have a good, firm understanding of the things that happened before so that, maybe so history won’t repeat itself,” says Darnell.

But that course may not be offered to next year’s seniors if a new Oklahoma bill passes to de-fund the program.

Representative Dan Fisher, author of the bill, denied our request for an interview after intense media scrutiny. But posted this statement on his Facebook page:

“The new AP framework presents a very negative slant on American history and certainly seems to be designed to make students think less of their country. Obviously, America is not perfect and has had its problems, but i challenge anyone to find a better place to live.”

Representative Fisher thinks the new AP curriculum puts America down. He says it focuses too much on the country’s weaknesses and not enough on what makes our country great.”

Miami HS Senior Tyler Earp says “In a way I agree, but you have to have that negative aspect to get the realism of what actually happened. Not everything that the country has done has been great. But not everything has been flawed or bad.”

Fisher lays out several pages of things he thinks should be included in the course like more emphasis on the declaration of independence and the Founding Fathers. But AP US history teacher David Bindel says he already covers all of those aspects listed and taking more time on the basics would dumb students down.

Overall most students I talked with thought the curriculum is fair.

“I feel that the tone is very neutral over the books that I’ve encountered,” says Darnell.