Vicki Abeles, the filmmaker of Race to Nowhere, had an excellent video op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times about the problems with Advanced Placement Classes. Watch it here and then let me know what you think.
If you’re a parent of a high schooler, or a high schooler, I’m curious to know what, if anything, you do about AP classes. I, for one, discourage my high schooler from taking zero period classes (those that start at 7:10) and from taking honors or AP classes. While her teachers (and other parents) often look at me askance, I think her free time is better spent on activities of her own choosing (and getting a good night’s sleep) than on doing the extra homework that comes along with those kinds of classes. And although the video doesn’t really get to it, AP classes in particular don’t require more advanced or creative thinking. They do, though, require an awful lot of memorization.
(You can see Race to Nowhere on Thursday, January 28, in Salt Lake City, Utah at 7:30 p.m. at the Megaplex Theater).