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New U.S. History Curriculum Sparks Education Battle

To improve the Advanced Placement class for U.S. history, some of the best and brightest history scholars in the country worked for six years on a new curriculum.

The idea was to replace traditional memorization with more emphasis on critical thinking and some key periods in American history, such as the 1980s. It all seemed innocuous enough. Maybe even a tad dry.

Then it exploded. Just weeks before the school year began, the change sparked a political feud over how children should be taught about American history — and whose version.

The vitriol against the test has taken the College Board aback.