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AP US history Wars: How Jefferson County, Colorado 2014 Protests Reflect a History of Struggle to Diversify US History Curriculum

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Paper Assignment/Guidelines: The Research Paper is a formal project that requires you to examine critically an
event, issue, person, or situation of interest in the history of American education. The research paper should
examine something that has been overlooked, inadequately researched, or inaccurately discussed by historians.
A topical report is not acceptable.Using primary and secondary sources, you should construct a story or
narrative that will add some new dimension to the historiography of American education. In length, your paper
should be about 20 pages. Use the format described below for the final presentation of your paper.
Topic: In 2014, in Jefferson County, Colorado, student and public protests erupted over the school board s
decision to reject new AP US history guidelines, along with other proposed reforms to limit student dissent.
JeffCo School Board member Julie Williams proposal, sparked controversy by stating that education materials
should, …promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for
authority and respect for individual rights. Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife
or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its
heritage. Scholars have looked at various aspects of student walkouts over politicization of the curriculum but
haven t looked specifically at how both Right and Left wing constituents in the US have used grassroots
insurgent tactics to influence curriculum reform itself. This study does that.This paper demonstrates how the
Colorado school board rejecting AP is history exam is the latest example of societal attempts to minimize the
importance of minority groups in the US through manipulation of educational content. Will focus on 3 4 main
characters to illustrate how they represent broader trends in US politicization of education:
Thomas Bender Historian on College Board who guided APUSH revision process
Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson who was ultimately pushed out by public rejection of
board policies towards APUSH OR
Jeff Senior Eric Temple who helped organize protests on Facebook
Stanley Kurtz: Fomented dissent and decision of the right to reject APUSH that trickled down to local school
board

 

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