By Rene A. Guerrero Huerta
On Oct. 24, Bonita Vista High School Advance Placement US History students became one of the first in the Sweetwater Union High School District to obtain the new Advanced Placement United States History textbook, “Give Me Liberty.”
“The district claimed that the textbooks were to be ordered immediately. We were under the impression that the textbooks would be ready to distribute on the first day of school but that never happened,” BVH librarian Mary Anderson said.
Within the last week, SUHSD Director of Curriculum Roman Del Rosario, authorized the distribution of textbooks to APUSH classes. Students now have access to “Give Me Liberty,” in addition to supplementary guides to utilize throughout the school year.
“Students [did not] have the new textbook in their possession, which was difficult. It is unfortunate that it was delayed because the textbooks were voted by the majority of the APUSH teachers around the district,” AP United States History teacher Don Dumas said.
The absence of textbooks in the classroom was not a hinderance to the APUSH curriculum. Dumas provided several
resources, including links to a PDF version of the textbooks to students.
“It’s the same as having a textbook. Plus, because it is a PDF, I can access it at school without having the textbook,” APUSH student junior Brent D’Agostino said.
APUSH teachers throughout the district will undergo specific training in order to comprehend the structure of the new textbooks. The date for textbook training is undetermined
. Students are instructed to refrain from utilizing the new textbooks until teachers receive further notice.
“They need to go to the training first and the training isn’t set yet. They’ll be setting up training sometime in the next few weeks, but I don’t know when. So the earliest it could happen would be the end of semester,” Anderson said.
Along with the new textbooks are supplemental books which serves as a guide for the text. Students will be able to utilize both resources in preparation for their APUSH exam in May.
“Unlike a lot of courses, AP classes are geared to pass the final test. You do need to learn a lot of material, but it will help students pass the test,” Anderson said. “Education is very important and whatever happened that delayed the delivery is finally over. We have them and have the barcode. They are available to other schools now. I am sure that made the difference.”