American exceptionalism is the concept that refers to the special character and charm of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals, principles, and personal liberty. This essential concept to the fabric of American ideals and life is being left out of certain school curriculum according to officials in the state of Oklahoma. Advanced placement courses in history according to officials, have omitted the most important doctrine of American exceptionalism. Opponents to the AP US History guidelines state the current curriculum is one that is driven towards the bashing of America.
The current AP curriculum is said to be created by those same individuals that created common core. Common Core is the newly implemented state-driven guidelines implemented by states in response to their repeal and dissatisfaction of No Child Left Behind, particularly in the subject areas of English-Language Arts and Mathematics. A few states including Oklahoma have not adopted the new Common Core standards because of the fear of the nationalization of standards and the specified direction of federal funds.
If guidelines are not rewritten, Oklahoma government officials are advocating the redirecting of funds away from AP courses and the adoption of their own compatible US history curriculum and standards. Last year the state of Oklahoma legislation repeal common core, where opponents to the AP History curriculum say it violates that same legislation. In addition to Oklahoma legislation disapproving of current AP US History standards, other states including Texas and South Carolina are reviewing disapproved portions of the AP US History curriculum as well. The repeal of AP US History curriculum and the adoption of a state US history curriculum fall under and were introduced under Oklahoma legislation House Bill HB1380.
John Williamson, representing the College Board, the organization responsible for developing the AP US History course and others like it for students to have the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school, says those who oppose the AP US History curriculum are basing their judgments on legend and not fact. The Oklahoma Education Association voiced their opinions also against the repeal of AP US History guidelines and funding revocation, and advocated their position of the right and freedom teachers should have to teach what they want inside of their classrooms and the importance to eliminate political partisan and bias. The bill, HB1380, did pass the committee, but did not make it to the floor. It will take some time for it to make it to law, as it will have to gain approval from both the house floor and senate floor, or both houses of legislation.