June 15, 2018; Washington Post
“Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, a nonprofit which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and start the course at the year 1450,” writes Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post. An updated course and exam description, Strauss adds, will be made available for the 2019–2020 school year.
According to Zachary Goldberg, a College Board spokesperson, the previous course content was simply too broad. The more than 9,000 years excised from AP World History will instead be put into a new series of courses called Pre-AP World History and Geography.
“The problem was identified years ago,” says Goldberg. “Working with educators, we have attempted to address the issue through professional develo