Lou, if you read the AP report to the Nation, I would say that your statement below is exactly wrong. It appears that Florida is a leader in running the AP program exactly how the College Board thinks the AP program should be run...
All kidding aside, have you ever seen a report more indicative of Haim's prime directive than this? Although, I believe as I have said before, while the prime directive might be the plot device this commercial enterprise boldly uses, this is no more about that prime directive than oncology is about curing cancer. This is about money. This is now an industrial strength commercial scam no different than bottled water and anti bacterial soap (unless of course you believe those are modern marvels).
Lately, the question I ask myself most now is not about math at all. It is the following...
Is an enduring public good simply not possible in this country? And will it ever be?
PS: This indictment does not apply to the individual AP teachers, many of whom work very hard. It applies entirely to the crafters of that report, the College Board. It leaves no doubt anymore who the intended beneficiary is.
On Mar 27, 2012, at 6:28 PM, Louis Talman wrote:
> Florida evidently has a preparation problem---whether it pertains to > teachers, to students, or to both I can't say. But it seems clear that > a large fraction of Florida's students who enroll in AP Calculus are > not prepared to do so, or that a large fraction of Florida's teachers > who teach AP Calculus are not prepared to do so, or that both > statements are true. That's a local problem---not a problem with the > AP program.