Despite our feelings toward the tone of this message on stat vs calculus, there is something to it. Some schools, quite appropriately in my opinion, give a full year of credit for BC calc, 2 quarters for AB calc, and 1 quarter for AP stat. There is a lot less breadth to the AP stat course. I hope we all make up for it in depth (and in fact I often criticize the AP calc curriculum for being too broad and not deep enough). The different "shape" of AP stat (by "shape" I mean depth vs breadth) gives us time to do investigations, explorations, projects, and so on. Calculus students don't generally get that sort of thing till after the AP is over.
Also because of the different "shape" of the curriculum, a really bright student can learn enough to get a 5 on AP stat much more quickly than calculus -- there are fewer new ideas to master, and if the mastery comes quickly, there it is.
So I think the student has some valid points ...
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