As a teacher, there are few questions I despise as much as “is this going to be on the test?” It means the student has no interest or concern for the implications or applications, no curiosity, no reason to think about it for more than a microsecond beyond regurgitation on a mandated exam in order to get the gold star, the shiny class participation trophy.
And yet when I asked my daughter’s history teacher what the goal was in using Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” was in an AP US History class, his answer amounted to “it’s on the AP test.”
He didn’t really expand upon that why it was studied, beyond that the College Board test has a heavy social focus, while textbooks do not. OK, but why do they choose to focus on socialist grievance industry PC BS rather than learning from past mistakes, and learning why things work the way they do?
So an unelected board is controlling what gets taught by controlling the test of what is “acceptable” knowledge to teach and speak in US history classes nation-wide. Talk about a simple way to move the Overton Window from a single point-source. I’m certain this fact has been totally missed by every intelligence operation, military psy-op org, international conglomerate, and special interest group in the world. Totally over their heads. They talk about “critical thinking,” then use a deeply flawed but well-written text that the average student doesn’t have the tools to accurately critique in order to shape their thinking for future classes.
Huh. What to do? Well, home school, but for various reasons not everyone can. Or start your own. Which I will. I don’t know what it will look like, and I don’t know where or how yet, but I’m sure the regular crowd at the Howling Puffin can figure it out.