asaperstein1
Jul 11, 2018

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I have been hearing a lot about how it may actually help the school system to get rid of honors and AP classes and but all students into one track.

 

The idea is that the positive impact of the higher students on the lower outweights the negative impact of the lower students on those higher.

 

What do you think? Do you think something like this is fair?

Mathew Krick
Aug 4, 2018Edited: Aug 4, 2018

If a student wants to take a more challenging courseload then I think they should have the opportunity to do so. I don't believe that the disparity between students who succeed academically and those who struggle will be solved by having one track. I think the purpose of having different tracks is to allow students to select the level of difficulty that they are most comfortable with. If a student with limited knowledge for one subject is placed with a student with exceptional knowledge in that area, then the instruction of the material will be skewed in a manner that is either too fast-paced or slow for students in that course.

Felicity Wong
Sep 19, 2018

I would want to read more specifically what researchers are saying about getting rid of the AP system before making a conclusive judgement because I don't exactly know what "positive impact of higher students on lower" are, and how it outweighs everything else. Honors/accelerated/AP courses exist to give students an opportunity to challenge themselves, place out of college courses, pursue specific passions, etc.

 

In a classroom with a wider range of students at different levels, it would be difficult to have an environment that would appease everyone.

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