It’s about that season again. That’s right— AP Exams! Kids get to send College Board a hefty ninety dollars to get the chance at some college credit. But, not only that, they have to buy big prep books; the heavier your book, the higher your score. As the rat race continues to study a years worth of material for a single test in a few hours, let’s examine the AP process.
It all begins with a dream. A dream of learning more and pushing our limits as students. A dream to use our educational resources as efficiently as possible.
Or rather, just because it looks good for a transcript. And why not, it has a bonus for weighted GPA?
So now that we are clear that this is not about learning, what is it about? Why, college credit, of course! Even though a lot of colleges won’t give you that much credit, or you will just do the course anyway. But no matter, sign me up for that ninety dollar deal. There is no better smell in a classroom than monopoly. Imagine if College Board had competition; then how would we waste our money?
So now we sit in a classroom with similarly competitive students for a year, going through all the restrictive and convoluted curriculum clear learning tools set forth by the College Board. No longer will students pursue a passion, learn in an open manner, or think creatively. Rather, let’s just focus on getting that test done.
And they aren’t easy tests either. No, they are as confusing and strange as can be. Scores come as single digits with no feedback. The curriculum is vague, and the best insight anyone has are the few practice questions from College Board. All this vagueness keeps students unnecessarily stressed, confused, and wastes their time on their toes and open minded!
In the end, the class is designed to be modeled after a college course. Even if the test isn’t that useful, then at least students can get some experience from it. Unless, the class is the same as any other high school class, just more difficult. No college level papers, no midterms, no real experience.
So then, what is the point of AP classes? Is it all just for the transcript, the small chance at college credit? Is that the big fuss? Well I guess that makes sense, after all, that’s what high school is for, getting to college.