Breaking: Massive Backlash from Parents and Students in Oklahoma After State’s Attempt to Ban AP History

republicans-educationIn case you haven’t heard, there’s currently a push within the state of Oklahoma to pull funding from AP History and essentially end the program in the state’s public school system. The “controversy” stems from some Republican lawmakers claiming that the course paints the United States in a negative light. Essentially, because it doesn’t whitewash our nation’s checkered past, many conservatives are quite appalled at what’s being taught.

It seems Oklahoma Republicans want history classes to teach the legends of American history instead of what, you know, actually happened. 

Though I’ve argued that this is all just a part of a much larger scheme by Republicans to try to change what “facts” are in this country by attacking the information that we teach our children. If they can omit certain parts of history that they oppose, while adding bias and misleading “facts” that the GOP supports, they can essentially change the narrative of what future generations deem as “historical facts” going forward in this country.

For them, it’s all about pushing their right-wing propaganda rather than actually dealing in reality and facts. But that shouldn’t really be a surprise, because that’s essentially the foundation on which the entire Republican party is built.

Well, it seems this “plan” is not going at all how Republicans had hoped. In fact, it’s possibly headed toward massive disaster as students and parents have overwhelmingly come out against the state’s attempts to remove AP History from public schools.

According to News9 in Oklahoma, in a poll conducted of 6,627 parents and students at a meeting in Norman:

  • 96 percent indicated that the Legislature should not make any AP courses illegal
  • 99 percent indicated they understood that AP courses were a choice/elective that often results in college credit but which are not required of any student
  • 95 percent indicated they would be “angry/disappointed” if the Legislature proceeds in making any AP courses illegal
  • 77 percent believed the Legislature should have no oversight of the courses local districts offer

Actually to call that “overwhelming” is a bit of an understatement – that’s essentially unanimous. To see numbers like that from any kind of poll is astonishing.

This whole thing is absolutely absurd. This is nothing more than Republicans trying to change and alter history for their own partisan benefits. It’s just another ignorant right-wing attack on facts and education because neither usually support the rhetoric the GOP is constantly spewing.

And it’s clear this is not what the people of Oklahoma want. AP History is not mandatory anywhere in this country. Parents and students are free to choose to enroll in these classes on their own so the information being taught in the course isn’t being forced on anyone. And just like with anything else, these students are simply being given information that they can then process and interpret however they like.

Which is how education is supposed to work. 

But as we all know, this isn’t about education. It’s about Republicans doing what they can to change history with the hopes that by doing so they can alter the future.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mark R.M. Holmstrand

    *AP means Advanced Placement. BTW.

  • ladybug

    They have no clue we are 49th in the Country in Education. It’s the Republicans in Oklahoma. They let Kochs think for them.

    • Olav Larsen

      You need to have an education to have a clue . . . 😉

    • JamieHaman

      Fight back by voting for new people, instead of the same old people. Good Luck, you’re going to need it.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Our country’s education is lagging behind other post-industrial nations and people want to strip funding of Advanced Placement. Is there any doubt that some politicians not only do not act in the best interest of the people but actually act against it?

    • Betty J Rousey

      It tells real history. Broken treaties, Trail of Tears, all those things that we really “don’t need to know,” according to them. I can’t understand how we went from being the first to get a man on the moon, to a country that isn’t sure it is wise to learn math, history, or, God forbid, science…

      • JamieHaman

        We believed the money men, and lots of folks vote against themselves.
        Opinion counts as much as facts these days, and a person’s “religious rights” are really starting to count more than other peoples’ civil rights. Scary isn’t it?

      • Betty J Rousey

        Yes, it’s very scary to me.

      • Your1Friend

        They want us to be scared. Don’t be!

      • Your1Friend

        It would take many a dissertation to do justice to the moral, scientific, and intellectual decline of the United States of America from the 1960s to 2015.

        The co-habitation of Corporate America, Fundamentalism, and the Republican Party may well be one of the most significant factors of all. The only way these three Cancers can survive is the gullibility of the American People. This too will pass.

      • Betty J Rousey

        I hope you are right.

      • Cemetery Girl

        It is kind of mind boggling. Anyone that supports inadequately educationing our children yet makes any statements about making this country great again needs slapped upside the head.

  • Avatar

    This can easily explain why it’s impossible for far right trolls to have reasonable discussions with anyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs and very low bar of philosophy of far right.

    • BobJThompson

      If you don’t agree with them you’re not ‘Murican!!!
      *Rebel flag flaps strongly in the background*

  • Mark Stone

    The problem for these folk Id that the p in ay pee dont mean propugander. An yessum I rit it that way on purpos. The fact is what they are trying to exclude is history, just not history that fits their narrow minded agenda.

  • I would guess that the majority of those adults talking the poll voted republican. The deserve what they get. After all OK has the fourth worst school system, so how much worse can it get.

    • Cemetery Girl

      We can’t just write this off as “they deserve what they get.” First of all, it is all minors that are impacted directly. Not a single individual denied Advanced Placement options by politicians had a say in the elected officials pushing for this, so they are not “getting what they deserve.” AP History covers a more in depth review of history because it has to achieve a near college level standard. So at what point will these politicians this level of knowledge has no place in college either?

    • TVinOK

      What about those of us living in Oklahoma who vote in every single election (haven’t missed one in years) and still have to live under these fascists? My children will be heading to high school soon, and this is outrageous, along with just about every other Republican sponsored bill going through this legislative session. Do we “deserve” what we get?

  • shawnsBrain

    The same leftists who hate our ancestors for “genocide” and “theft of property” have no problem with abortion and high taxes. #ironic