Editorials and Opinions

Post-AP nothingness thankfully proves to be a myth

By Andrea Braver
Published: June 2010

For many, once the middle of May passes, everything “becomes a joke. After all, for those who load themselves with Advanced Placement courses, after taking those AP exams, they feel as though there isn’t anything of importance left to learn in those classes. This is just incorrect, however.

A multitude of students at South who take AP classes for the first time assume that after they finish taking their AP tests, their teachers will assign them hardly any work.

If a teacher assigns you to research a Blue-Footed Boobie or find a current events article, for example, don’t complain about it just because you have taken the AP already.

I really hate to break it to you but taking an AP test doesn’t mean you have aced the test of life, thus deserving a long- standing break consisting of, well, no work for the rest of the school year.

In fact, some’€dare I say idiotic’€students who are enrolled in four or five AP classes not only believed, but altogether broadcasted that once they took their AP exams, they would have no classes.

These ignorant children would go around declaring that come mid May, they would have “like nine-thousand free blocks and only one class for the remainder of the school year. Now, to clarify, this is simply a blatant lie.

One can wonder where these kids even got that idea from. To any upcoming juniors or seniors reading this who have yet to dip their feet in the sparkling waters of Advanced Placement classes, I will repeat myself.

No, you do not get to roam the halls of South, chill in the Goldrick Commons, or even whip out your car keys and head to Starbucks to pick up a Carmel Macchiato come June.

After taking an AP, you still have to attend class. Your teacher will continue to do what they do best’€teach.

You will continue to attend class and complete assignments¦ but I mean, hey, that’s only if you want to pass the class.

Consequently, your life after AP exams will be virtually the same. The work load should decrease a bit, but that is all.

Due to the fact that if you are enrolled in an AP class, you are a child of at least moderate intelligence level, your life will not become this “joke that everyone speaks of.

What even is this illustrious joke? For some reason, I’m not in on it.

In my opinion, one should never expect post-AP classes to either a) cease to give out homework once the AP is done, or b) CANCEL ENTIRELY.

If there were no essays, homework, or projects assigned after the AP, students taking APs would receive no fourth term grades.

Imagine that; the slot on the report card where students’ fourth term grades are supposed to go would not include a simple letter grade, but the statement, “This student was enrolled in an AP class¦no need to worry, he/she slaved away studying for the test for the other three terms this year, so we simply didn’t feel inclined to assign him/her any work after the completion of it. Hopefully, you can understand.

Conversely, while after taking their AP tests, students are still expected to study hard and put adequate time into their assignments, it is not to be said that there should be superfluous amounts of work assigned to them at that time.

It is completely fair for students, following their completion of a three hour exam, to look forward to a slight decrease in school work in that particular class.

After all, following the completion of the test, logically speaking, there shouldn’t be a tremendous amount of material to still be learned in that class.

What one should expect from their teachers is assignments such as projects and essays that sum up what was learned in the class throughout the year, or extra chapters that the College Board didn’t feel was significant enough to be included in their exams.

It would be appropriate for AP classes to, during the time elated from mid-may through the end of June, review and learn fun and exciting portions of their particular subject that were left out of the original curriculum.

For example, there are still a multitude of battles, revolutions, and ideas that are prevalent to American History that the College Board or even Newton Public Schools didn’t see fit to teach its students and further more, test them on it.

Post-AP testing would be an opportune time for teachers to show their students different perspectives and ideals, to review the entire year, or fill in the holes from the curriculum, not to overwhelm kids with more tests and meticulous essays.

However, with that being said, the majority of AP classes that exist at South do just that. Despite what a plethora of students regularly complain about, teachers are not assigning excessive amounts of work and forcing arbitrary facts down their students’ throats’€they are finding an appropriate balance of assignments on the more tedious side and those that are simply fun and dare I say, “a joke.

It is about as fair as it gets here in the halls of South, so do us all a favor and quit complaining and actually use those ever-increasing brains of yours. Go research the cute bird whose feet in are in that dazzling shade of blue. After all, your teacher didn’t pick that particular bird for kicks. At least probably not.

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