AP Courses – A Gateway to College? Yeah Right..
When you first walk into a classroom that states that it is “Advance Placement” you expect it to be a challenging course with much knowledge to gain, however, this is not the case. Take my AP Calculus AB-BC course in high school. Sounds challenging doesn’t it? It is NOT in the least challenging; I pretty much taught the class the one thing we learned. How to take a derivative and that is the easiest concept to get. How did this come about you ask? Well in my opinion AP course curriculum know of days is a joke. A joke that has a terrible punch line, that punch line would be when you get to college and the professors laugh at you because you thought you were prepared enough and you were not! We need to remedy this cause and make AP curriculum more challenging not only for our students now in high school so they may go on but also for our future students who need college preparation classes. Let us be honest for a moment, high school DOES NOT prepare you for college, AP course, I thought, should. They did not, instead I found myself knee deep with C’s being a straight a student, so let us fix the biggest problem with educational AP Courses, AP Course Curriculum.
College is a place to get a higher education and to be stronger in what you thought you were quite weak in. Say for example you are biology major and expect it to be hard, but you find that it was not. Let’s reverse that order, what if you thought it would be easier than high school and that you were prepared and you found that you were struggling. Now you see the true colors here. “All of you are demonstrating that success can spread when standards are raised, not dummied down.” (Ed.Gov) this says it all for me. Standards are not to be dummied down as they were in my course but made higher in order to promote achievement. What schools are doing now of days are dummying down the whole AP system, and making it to where students can succeed and believe that they are ready for college level treatment, when they are, in fact, not! Makes no sense at all.
“A high school curriculum of high academic intensity and quality is the factor that contributes to a student’s likelihood of completing a college degree.” (NewHorizons.ORG) this is a quote that brings up the question: Where is that curriculum you speak of? For one, high schools with the AP courses do NOT have the necessary tools or the power to elaborate college readiness. That is an insult to educational standards as to say such a thing. Now I know what some of you may think about AP courses, they prepare us for college, etc. Take me for example I thought that I was college ready since I took my AP Calculus and AP English courses, I found that I was struggling through so much even though I had those courses and got A’s in all of them, I still was struggling quite a bit.
The bottom line here is that AP curriculum needs to be reworked in all aspects. The humor in this is no longer funny especially in terms of what happens to the students when they reach a college level; it makes relatively no sense what so ever. Making a class then dumbing your standards down in order to meet state regulations is a pitiful way of saying that all AP courses are meant to do is to drive money to the AP testers when students fail. I know of few people in the classes I was in that actually passed the AP exam that gives you college credit. As I have stated before, this is something that is being investigated through statistics from the AP College Board (AP Board) when I look at it from hindsight I can see my education just floating away from me! It makes me quite angry at the moment.
It may be a laughable to some but to me it was a reality. Stop the LAUGHTER! IT is no longer funny if it even was in the first place. It is time for some change to occur it may seem worthwhile to change many different things in the AP curriculum, but our standards must change if our AP curriculum is to change. In terms of our children and where we send them it makes no sense why these things should not change in the least! If the AP Courses we so long to get an A in do not help us then where must we go for assistance? That makes the lower end classes in high schools look like a big joke to many different people, and one of those people is me. For those of you who loved your AP course and it DID in fact help you prepare. By all means let ROWAN COUNTY in on the secret, as it is too easy by our standards now of days.
Please stop the humor, that is enough, it is time for AP courses to LOOK and MAKE students better at what they desire to be better at, and that is learning! We are hindering students from what we ourselves long to do for a living and that are learn. I hope what I have said has touched some part of what you feel as well, have a nice day.