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Of course, there are elements in the APUSH curriculum framework that may be as good as or better than what the Jefferson County school board would choose. But that is not a reason to prohibit school boards from having a say in the U.S. history curriculum. In “Federalist No. 51,” James Madison , “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” If men were angels, there would be no need for checks and balances, but because humans tend to favor people who agree with them, it is necessary to distribute power widely throughout society. In this case, the ambition of the Jefferson County school board counteracts the ambition of the College Board. No one person or group should hold a monopoly on something as valuable as how a community remembers its past or envisions its future.
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A statement that the College Board last month read, “The College Board’s Advanced Placement program supports the actions taken by students in Jefferson County, Colorado, to protest a school board member’s request to censor aspects of the AP U.S. history course.” One of the unfortunate consequences of recent Supreme Court jurisprudence (see Citizens United) is that private groups have taken to using First Amendment language to defend their economic interests. The College Board owns APUSH and wants to prohibit local school boards from revising its product.