How Did You Know? - {day 3}

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If you didn't hear, we're back with a totally redesigned, and retooled Trivia Hunt!

Over the last 14 months, How Did You Know? has undergone many changes, but none as big as this month's. We've listened to your comments and criticism, both negative and positive, and have rethought not only the prizes, but the very way the challenges are presented. Don't worry, we still have all your favorite challenges, like One of These Things is not Like the Others, Name that Movie, and our killer camouflage puzzles, but starting this month, we're adding a real scavenger hunt element to the challenges. As comments have been turned off for the length of the 5-day hunt, be sure to let us know via e-mail what you think of the retool.
As always, it pays to play whether you're the first in with all the correct answers or not. In addition to the $100 shopping spree first-prize, we're also giving away a $50 shopping spree in our store to one random winner who has all the right answers but isn't the first to e-mail them in. Random winners sometimes submit all the correct answers/logic a full 48 hours after the closing bell, so don't worry if you're late or can't submit your final answers at 8 pm ET next Monday.

Have fun with it, and, as always, don't hesitate to work in teams and e-mail all your friends for help. Many, if not most of our past HDYK winners have been teams, not individuals. Our current champion is Natt Supab. Read all about her here.

If you're new to the 5-day trivia hunt, be sure to see the rules and regulations page here. If you missed Day 1, that can be found right here. Day 2 is this-a-way. Now on to our third challenge.

Because you've all been working so hard the past two days, digging up all those clues and answers, we thought we'd go easy on you today with a relatively easy challenge: Name That Planet. On each of the following pages, there is a clue to be found to help you name some of the planets in our solar system. In total, we're looking for the names of four planets. And remember: be sure to send your clue words to us, as well, when you send in all your work next Monday at 8 ET.

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College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy
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One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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