Perhaps you’re familiar with the famous line which is attributed to George Santayana:
‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’
But if you happen to be a student in the state of Oklahoma, there’s a good chance that you’ll never even learn about Santayana or lots of other things related to American history because the state has just decided to ban Advanced Placement U.S. history courses. The reason: Because the state says such courses “only teach what is bad about America” and fail to teach “American exceptionalism.”
Ah, yes, good old American exceptionalism. Things like how the U.S. government committed mass genocide against the Native Americans, slapped Japanese-Americans into internment camps, and perpetuated the sin of slavery, writing into the Constitution that a black person only had two-thirds the value of his or her white counterpart. Yeah, we have so much to be proud of, don’t we?
Keep in mind that Oklahoma is currently ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to overall education. But the luddites in the state legislature are now trying to relegate the Sooner State to dead last with their idiotic actions.
As if that isn’t more than enough damage to inflict on one state, the sponsor of the legislation to end AP history classes, Dan Fisher, is also a minister who believes it’s time to tear down what he calls:
‘The false wall of separation of church and state.’
Which of course tells us that Mr. Fisher didn’t take any American history courses while he was a student. The separation of church and state could not possibly be clearer, as Thomas Jefferson noted on more than one occasion, writing in 1802:
‘I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.’
But what did Jefferson know? He was only the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and co-author of the Constitution. No need to listen to him.
Here’s more on the AP history ban in Oklahoma: