The End of History

Thursday's Editorial - April 9, 2015


1. The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, entertain, praise or answer. What do you think is the purpose of Lynne Cheney’s editorial? Explain your answer.

2. What problem does Ms. Cheney identify in her commentary?

3. What solution does she suggest?

4. In her commentary, Ms. Cheney is dismayed over finding the following in the new College Board AP History exam:

  1. Instead of acknowledging important ideas and historical context, test makers have reduced President Reagan’s most eloquent moment to warmongering.
  2. The immigrant story that the exam tells is of oppressed people escaping to America only to find more oppression. That many came seeking the Promised Land - and found it here - is no longer part of the narrative.
  3. Aside from a section about mobilizing women to serve in the workforce, the sample exam has nothing to say about World War II, the conflict in which the U.S. liberated millions of people and ended one of the most evil regimes in the history of the world. The heroic acts of the men who landed on Omaha Beach and lifted the flag on Iwo Jima are ignored. The wartime experiences that the new framework prefers are those raising “questions about American values,” such as “the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb.”

Why should students, parents and teachers be concerned by these facts?