Hi. I just joined this list and would like to introduce myself. I am the Mathematics Department Head at H.H. Dow High School in Midland, Michigan. I am fortunate to be at one of the best high schools in the State. I have taught calculus here since 1972. I have also been a READER (I got put out to pasture after my 6 years, but I should be eligible to return next year!). Our kids have done very well on the AP test. We only take the BC exam. Having taught on the college level (MSU for 3 years), I have to agree with the college profs who are concerned about mediocre courses being passed off as calculus, or even worse, teaching some calculus in a pre-calculus course and giving our students the impression that they've had some calculus. I believe if we are going to teach calculus at the high school level, we should do it well. And I believe we can, in most decent-sized high schools, as we should only be getting the very best students (unlike the broad spectrum of students who took calculus as MSU). At Dow High, we only give the BC Exam. This helps us teach a much more rigorous course. Also, pragmatically, many colleges do not award much AP from the AB exam. Anyway, that's my introduction. Hope we can get some discussions going!
04/23/97 07:45 pm FROM MEL BILLIK IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN