"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Documentary, Race to Nowhere, Examines AP Testing Abuse

In 2008, 2.3 million AP exams were given in the U. S., which put $190,900,000 into the coffers of the College Board. And as family budgets shrink, along with the amount that colleges have to offer the needed number of classes for undergraduates, the AP exam seems poised to, indeed, replace many college freshman courses that offer real learning to students. Trading real coursework for cram courses that prepare students to take a test and forget it will have dire consequences, however, when it comes the important job of transmitting our culture to the next generation.

A new documentary, Race to Nowhere, examines this spreading phenomenon of AP classes replacing real learning. Here is a clip posted originally posted at the New York Times on Jan. 25:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:17 PM

    The race to nowhere - gotta love it. Now let's expand the name of this film on the AP exam to the entire RTTT program. Obama says he wants to distinguish between rhetoric and reality. I say bring it on.