New class on African American Studies will offer U.S. high schoolers college credit


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Geneva, N.Y. — The College Board is getting ready to roll out a new Advanced Placement course on African American Studies to high schools across the country.

In Ms. Taylor’s classroom at Geneva High School, African American studies isn’t just discussed, it’s celebrated. Students […] love learning more about their roots. … While other students […] want to learn more about a culture different from their own heritage. … This course has been offered at Geneva for eight years, an extremely diverse district where a majority of their students are non-white.


And the College Board is preparing to roll out a similar Advanced Placement course next year called African American studies, which students would be able to complete and then take an exam for college credit. … The course will cover everything from early African kingdoms, to slavery, reconstruction and the cultural achievements of Black Americans. It’s being piloted in certain high schools across the country. [Students] look forward to the dialogue expanding nationwide.


This course isn’t without controversy. The College Board has already stripped down the curriculum, after complaints from the state of Florida in regards to its lessons on Black queer studies, reparations, the Black Lives Matter movement and intersectionality.

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