Target: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Goal: Reject the banning of Advanced Placement history classes that refuse to distort the truth.
Oklahoma lawmakers just vote to ban Advanced Placement (AP) history classes in public schools on the basis that they fail to teach “American exceptionalism.” These legislators believe that it’s inappropriate to teach anything negative about the United States, no matter how factual it is, and that the inclusion of all the information about our history is somehow “indoctrination.”
The banning of AP classes not only denies students the opportunity to challenge themselves, it removes the opportunity to earn college credits in high school. This is a slap in the face to many citizens who are finding it more and more difficult to afford skyrocketing college course fees.
Efforts to make AP U.S. history classes “more patriotic” were met by walk-outs organized by students who recognized that leaving out or distorting key parts of their own history was detrimental to their education. Now, Oklahoma legislators want to deprive these same students of that education altogether.
There is nothing wrong with teaching students the truth about their country’s history. Censoring history classes to only teach the positive aspects of that history is a classic brainwashing technique that stifles children’s ability to think critically and see both sides of an issue. Sign this petition to demand that the governor veto this bill and any others that would outlaw invaluable AP public school classes.
Dear Governor Fallin,
An Oklahoma legislative committee just voted to defund and effectively ban Advanced Placement U.S. History classes because they include the negative facts about our country’s history in their curriculum along with the positive facts. These lawmakers want to brainwash Oklahoma students with the idea of “American exceptionalism,” a concept which can only exist if you ignore or completely distort key parts of history.
Every country in existence has its flaws. Nearly every country has spots in its history where it participated in the oppression of its citizens, whether it be all of them or just certain sections. Pretending that this didn’t happen to promote the idea that one country is better than all the others is an outright lie. Failing to teach the facts to students is dishonest at best, and will only hinder them in their future education.
Advanced Placement classes also allow students to earn college credits for a small fee and help them get into good colleges. As you should know, the cost of tuition for each term has skyrocketed. If students can earn credits in high school and reduce the amount of time they have to spend in college, it can save them thousands. Denying students AP classes is doing them a huge disservice.
You have a duty to do what’s best for your citizens. Legislation like this only serves the beliefs of lawmakers who apparently don’t think that facts have a place in public education, and this is at the expense of students who will be denied better education that allows them to reduce future student loan debt. I demand that you veto this legislation and any like it for the good of your constituents.
[Your Name Here]
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