Students now have to settle for OK U.S. History.


At least their grandkids will never learn about this embarrassing episode.

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A bill overwhelmingly passed (11-4) in the Common Education Committee in Oklahoma's state House of Representatives to ban all public funding for Advanced Placement U.S. History because the course, taken by millions of high school students across the country to prepare for college and earn university credits, fails to highlight "American exceptionalism" and only teaches "what is bad about America." If that's true, I assume today's AP U.S. History must be full of lessons on the American education system. More specifically, lessons on how education policy is falling into weird hands.


Things that scare me: 1) black robes, 2) regiments, 3) black-robed regiments.

(screengrab via Black Robe Regiment)

The bill was sponsored by Republican Dan Fisher of Yukon, OK, who is a member of a group that thinks it's totally fine to call themselves the Black Robe Regiment like that's not creepy as hell. The BRR is a group of hard-line Christian conservatives who have promised to "attack the false wall of separation between church and state" and uphold their "biblical responsibility to stand up for our Lord and Savior and to protect the freedoms and liberties granted to a moral people in the divinely inspired US Constitution." A job that is clearly not being made any easier by AP U.S. History.

"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." - Me, as far as future OK students probably know.

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Sources: ThinkProgress | Tulsa World | Washington Post | LA Times