Florida Rejects AP Course in African American Studies

I will point out that this is topic 4.30, so the 30th topic in the 4th unit of the course. This would suggest it’s something that would be a portion of a lesson, not “an entire section”.

AP course descriptions are a little weird on this point: topics are NOT uniform in size. For example, in AP Macro the concept of opportuniry cost is a topic . . . But so is the concept of monetarty polict. One is a portion of a lesson, the other is 4 or 5 days.

Also, I strongly suggest the readings are mostly suggestions. College Board generally avoids specific readings, and when they are included, they are only key primary sources, never secondary sources.

Just wanted to add this:

College Board publicly released a revised curriculum yesterday.

View it here:

According to the Associated Press,

The official curriculum for the course, released Wednesday by the College Board, downplays some components that had drawn criticism from DeSantis and other conservatives. Topics including Black Lives Matter, slavery reparations and queer life are not part of the exam. Instead, they are included only on a sample list states and school systems can choose from for student projects.

The College Board, which oversees AP exams, said revisions to the course were substantially complete before DeSantis shared his objections.

“The fact of the matter is that this landmark course has been shaped over years by the most eminent scholars in the field, not political influence,” the organization said in a written statement.

Reporting from the New York Times on the question of whether College Board bowed to political influence,

David Coleman, the head of the College Board, said in an interview that the changes were all made for pedagogical reasons, not to bow to political pressure. “At the College Board, we can’t look to statements of political leaders,” he said. The changes, he said, came from “the input of professors” and “longstanding A.P. principles.”

Moreover, College Board officials said Wednesday that they had a time-stamped document showing that the final changes to the curriculum were made in December, before the Florida Department of Education sent its letter informing the College Board that it would not allow the course to be taught.

And this pertains to @MandaJo’s suggestion, upthread, that the problematic sources (now removed) weren’t assigned reading,

“We experimented with a lot of things including assigning secondary sources, and we found a lot of issues arose as we did,” [Mr. Coleman] said.


The official press release, from the horse’s mouth: