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(Politico)   What? Are you telling me that doing a rapid "learning" of college level material in high school at a sped up pace and having the students forget what they "learned" after six months is a bad thing? Somebody get my fainting couch   ( ) divider line
    More: Obvious, Advanced Placement, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, high schools, College Board, University of Northern Colorado, teacher training, college credit, net assets  
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2013-08-21 06:12:16 PM  

James10952001: My take on this is that lots of kids are being pushed into taking AP classes who shouldn't really be taking them then failing. It is really no surprise that those kids are not benefitting. Put a bunch of third graders in a calculus or molecular biology class and the same thing would happen. Doesn't mean that the few truly gifted young kids who could pass those classes wouldn't benefit from taking them.

Our AP classes had 0 students fail them. It is hard to fail AP anything, because the teaching staff is very motivated generally that you pass. In addition to this, there is generally parental support and an environment promoting learning surrounding the AP kids. There were plenty of kids slow to learn in our AP classes or kids that didn't catch onto certain subjects, but our class was HEAVILY reliant on peer support, studying, and collaboration. Our Physics and Calc BC class sure as hell had a lot of low grades every once and a while, but nobody ended up failing in the end.
2013-08-21 06:18:26 PM  

Pocket Ninja: AP classes (and all of its prep, curriculum, and testing-related materials) are a cash cow for the College Board, which is the main reason the College Board works so hard to constantly push it out to schools.

And also a cash cow for the school districts in the form of additional state monies for students in AP courses. Heck even the superintendents are in on the money grab. The lady here in Hillsborough Co., FL, Mary Ellen Elia, made $7850 in bonus money in 2008 due to her based on the number of students in AP classes. men t-classes-ar-103035/
2013-08-22 12:30:00 AM  
I graduated from college before I graduated from high school.

/forgot most of it
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