"[My students'] histories don’t start at slavery, their histories don’t start at colonization."
Stream of the College Board's Open Forum and Q&A on the announced AP World History course revision.
Dylan Black started this petition to Senior Vice President of AP Courses at CollegeBoard Trevor Packer
AP World History covers, as of 2018, 10,000 years of human history stretching from the Americas, to Europe, to East Asia, and everywhere else. The class is demanding on students, but is also one of the most rewarding, life changing classes I've ever had the privilege to take. The CollegeBoard wants to remove over 8000 of those years, and start the course in 1450CE. This removes HUGE amounts of history, including such events as:
The Neolithic/Agricultural Revolution
The creation of the first civilizations
The migrations of humans across the earth
The development of world religions
The development of classical empires like Rome, Greece, China, etc.
The beginnings of interactions and trade
Major trade routes emerging like the Indian Ocean and Silk Roads
Post-Classical Empires like the Islamic Caliphates and Medieval Europe
THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF PRE-COLONIAL AMERICAS AND AFRICA
The ENTIRE time period from prehistory to 1450.
CollegeBoard, we students and teachers call on YOU to fix this vital error. Without periods 1-3, a historical foundation can't be built, and they are some of the most important in history.
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year:
The AP World History Exam will assess content only from c. 1450 through the present (Periods 4–6).
The exam format and rubrics will stay the same, in alignment with the other two AP history exams.
Some content (i.e., world religions) from Periods 1–3 will be reviewed in Periods 4–6.
Some content clarifications will be provided.
The current AP World History course and exam cover 10,000 years of history across all seven continents. No other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year. AP World History teachers have told us over the years that the scope of content is simply too broad, and that they often need to sacrifice depth to cover it all in a single year.