The Wacky World of those who would “save” young people from AP Courses | Street Jazz

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Wacky World of those who would “save” young people from AP Courses

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:20 PM

I’m not sure if this has occurred to the Men With Bad Haircuts around the nation who have suddenly risen up in horror at what they feel is the liberal brainwashing of America’s young people, but the fact is that the kids who take Advanced Placement courses are the smart kids - the really, really smart kids.

As opposed to the Men With Bad Haircuts, I suppose.

Because if the folks who despise AP history classes had their wits about them, they might realize that - as well as the fact that that they got to be so smart by not just reading what has been assigned to them in class. They have discovered that, as we used to say in the 1970s, Reading is Fundamental, that Knowledge is Power, and that the really cool kids know lots of stuff.

Otherwise you end up like the Men With Bad Haircuts in Oklahoma, who honestly seem to think that, until these kids are signed up for AP history classes, they have never been exposed to:

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution

The Bill of Rights

The national motto

The national anthem

The sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

The Gettysburg Address

Not to put too fine a point on it, but lots of kids - and not just the really, really smart kids - are exposed to most of this stuff by the time they get through junior high school.

It’s sort of like having AP Math classes, and having the Men With Bad Haircuts demanding that everybody learn simple addition and subtraction - and maybe spending a few weeks mastering an abacus while they are at it.

If the Men With Bad Haircuts around the country who are so alarmed that, somehow, “American exceptionalism ” isn’t being taught in schools, maybe they had better start by looking to local militia members to look over the shelves of local school and public libraries, just to make sure that no dangerous, heretical histories are to be found there.

And then they can start on the local bookstores, new and used.

Got to nip that heresy in the bud.

Really, Oklahoma? The national motto? In an AP history class?

Why not just ban higher education altogether?

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Jon Zimmer passes on

Jon Zimmer, a man dedicated to the First Amendment through his service on the Community Access Television board of directors and the City of Fayetteville's Telecommunications Board, died this past Sunday.

I hope that his service to the community will inspire others to do the same.

I liked Jon.

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