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APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

March 2, 2015

Recently, lawmakers in Oklahoma have been doing their best to eliminate AP U.S. History (APUSH) from high schools statewide. Opponents of the curriculum argue that it neglects to teach important facets of American history, and that it casts the nation in an unfavorable, even unpatriotic, light. What...

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

By Morgan Menin and Amy Shim

February 20, 2015

Opponents of the revised 2014-2015 AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam have begun a patriotic uproar against the College Board and its released framework for the modified test. Teachers and politicians have described the curriculum as “liberally biased” and “radically revisionist,” and claim the...

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

By Lucy Arnold, Peninsula HS, Gig Harbor, Wash.

December 4, 2014

Though SpringBoard has some benefits, many students and teachers believe that it is detrimental to PHS students’ education.

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

November 12, 2014

At junior Zoë Bowlus's September birthday party, a group of her close friends surround an outdoor table on a cool summer night. But her friends aren't discussing Taylor Swift's new hit or the latest episode of "American Horror Story." Instead their conversation is a parent's dream. It's almost too...

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

By Michelle Gomes, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.

November 7, 2014

One of the listed accomplishments on Springbrook High School’s website is that the school has the highest number of freshmen students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). However, this fact is not something to brag about due to the number of students failing the exam. AP...

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

By Alexa Fishman and Sigal Spitzer

June 2, 2014

Beginning next fall, Shalhevet will begin eliminating Advanced Placement courses in the hope of replacing all of them with advanced courses offering more depth, critical thinking and problem-solving, administrators announced May 1. Two new courses will kick off the program next fall: Advanced Biology,...