AHA Today: Class Warfare - Changes to the AP World History Course

In late May, College Board decided to completely reshape its AP World History (APWH) course. Announced with little fanfare, the proposed revisions halve the historical content, eliminating everything prior to 1450 CE (formerly Periods 1-3) while leaving Periods 4-6 intact. These earlier periods are relegated to a pre-AP World History and Geography course. Since this expensive pre-AP course will not be tested, students cannot receive college credit for it, and even those on the Test Development Committee acknowledge it is unlikely to be popular. In a single stroke, one of the most popular and fastest-growing AP courses was transformed from a sweeping survey of the history of humankind to a narrowly focused examination of the period from 1450 CE to the present. No more early human migrations and the development of agriculture; no more riverine societies; no more Persia, Greece, and Rome; no more pre-Columbian societies; no more Silk Roads and the Black Death. Each year, roughly 300,000 students will be affected by this change ...