> BTW, Timothy Brown referred to Fred Djang as "the only >secondary school > teacher on E.T.S.'s advisory committee for developing >the exam". Not > true. Well, come to think of it perhaps it could be true this >year, > though I doubt it. But the 1994-95 Development >Committee included 3 high > school teachers on the 8-person committee: in addition >to Djang, Chris > Olsen (George Washington HS, Cedar Rapids) and >Diann Resnick (Bellaire > Senior HS, Bellaire, TX). And do not allow yourself to >think that the > college people on that committee don't know what will fly >in high > schools. If you ever have a chance to hear Ann Watkins >(CA State U, > Northridge) or Kinley Larntz (U of Minnesota) at a >meeting, GO and you > will see what I mean.
Bruce King is right--Fred Djang is not the only secondary school teacher on the development committee. I have no idea why that notion popped into my head, especially since the committee members are listed right on the back of the Course Decsription booklet, and Chris Olsen has been a helpful contributor to this list this fall. My apologies to both Chris and Diann.
I also have no doubt that the college teachers on the committee have a sense of what will fly in high schools. On the other hand, if I am looking for the right textbook for high school students, I will lean toward a text that another high school teacher has used with success. That's all. I'm not trying to questions anyone else's expertise--especially in a field that I have not spent much time in until recently.
By the way--thank you, Bruce, for the book recommendations. What is most clear to me from all my conversations with people is that no single text does an adequate job of covering what is on the AP syllabus, so we all need to use as many resources as we can get our hands on. I am especially interested in the books with good data sets and projects, which I have found hard to come by.