firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >And every student in a "real college class" of Calculus I is actually >INTERESTED in Calculus?
You're right, of course, about college calculus. I was thinking more of the high schools where everyone routinely takes AP econ, AP history, AP bio, AP physics... The college versions of those courses aren't required for everyone like calculus (and English, the other often-bad freshman college course).
Many high school AP courses are excellent. I didn't mean to ruffle the feathers of AP teachers! But I'm dubious, still, about a high school program in which all of senior year and half of junior year is AP courses in every subject. That distorts what the AP program is supposed to be about, imho.