This is how college works, isn't it Lou? Unreasonably high rates of attrition that everyone takes for granted. The cost of doing business. Do you have a lot of experience with teaching classes where more than half of your students fail? This is what 70% of the AP classes in Florida look like. You are right, it is a local issue. That is how our schools are run. But it has national importance. I think it is also important for parents to realize that AP is not a uniformly run program. AP had every reason going for it to be a standard bearer, but something or someone else had other plans.
On Mar 27, 2012, at 1:57 PM, Louis Talman wrote:
> On 3/26/12, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> Some of this stuff looks too absurd to be "planned". For example, that high >> school here in Florida with 600+ students in AP and less than 15 >> (essentially zero) students passing. And that is just one high school at the >> top of a list of 94 such high schools. When I see absurdity such as this I >> am thinking "mindless", > > The mindlessness here lies in accepting this particular datum as indicative of > a problem that needs to be addressed an any level other than the local level. > > About 250,000 students took the AB Calculus exam last year. > <http://www.macalester.edu/~bressoud/talks/2011talks.html> > > So many hundreds---if not a few thousands---of schools were involved. That > 94 schools performed very badly is no surprise, incompetence being always > among us. > > --Louis A. Talman > Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Metropolitan State College of Denver > > <http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>