
Re: Discussion: Do US Math Teachers Suck?
Posted:
Mar 28, 2012 12:42 AM


Do you mean to say that students who take the AP Calculus courses for purposes other than getting credit for college courses are prepared for those courses?
I don't recall addressing any of the issues you mention belowand don't entirely disagree with you. But I will stand by my statement that one of the possibilities (only one) for the the low pass rate is that a large fraction of students are unprepared to enroll in a calculus course.
As to aiming for "indepth conceptual understanding of the normally troublesome components of calculus," I'm afraid that's something most college courses don't do either.
On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM, Clyde Greeno @ MALEI <greeno@malei.org> wrote:
> " But it seems clear that > a large fraction of Florida's students who enroll in AP Calculus are > not prepared to do so,..." > > Woah! The AP Calculus program was set up and run by the College Board for > purposes of educating high school students in some or all of elementary > calculus. The AP test scores reflect *only* the number of students who > qualify for college credits at specific levels. > > Many high school students who enroll in AP calculus have no intention of > testing out of college courses. Many use it only for advanced prep for > calculus ... or even to decide whether or not the should think about STEM > majors in college. > > Many schools give students the opportunity of exploring calculus, without > expecting them to get college credit. A 70% failure rate on AP exams does > *not* equate with a only a 30% success rate for the HS courses. Depending > on what the schools are trying to do for the students who enroll in their > calculus courses, the actual success rate for a course might be 95%, while > only 5% pass the AP test. > > [Indeed, a high school course that aims for indepth conceptual > understanding of the normally troublesome components of calculus might not > even be designed to produce good AP scored.] > > Let's be thinking!
 Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver
<http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>

