Ross Dunn: "I would much prefer that the APWH exam continue to embrace all six historical periods..."

I would much prefer that the APWH exam continue to embrace all six historical periods because young people today badly need a mental framework, if only a fragile one, for thinking about and situating themselves within the stream of time, including the very deep past. I would invite the College Board to reflect longer on changes by which APWH can be made a purposeful and coherent experience for students by basing it firmly and systematically on the study of significant and engrossing historical problems at various historical scales. This would presumably mean launching each of the six periodized units by setting forth a limited set of large-scale questions designed to guide study of the entire unit and moving to smaller scales of investigation (burrowing down into historical phenomena, undertaking in-depth study, however one might put it), always letting questions shape the study and always relating it to one or more of the big questions that give shape to the whole unit.