dereksurfs Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 (edited) Ok, In another recent thread started by Amber regarding starting Algebra by 8th grade this film was brought up which I had never heard of before. In looking it up I couldn't find a showing anywhere near. However I did find a great interview with the producer and Katie Couric describing this modern day dilema both kids and parent are facing in America (see link below). I am hoping to get your thoughts on it without hijacking the original thread too much. I realize we won't all agree on these critical challenges facing our children or current institutional practices. But I still value your input as we plan ahead from this life stage and beyond. One of the most interesting things discussed was this overemphasis on AP classes followed by memorizing a bunch of facts to get A's on the AP tests. And then students moving on to the next one forgetting most of what was covered - one brain dump to the next. Teachers teach to the AP test and students study to the test while critical thinking and other more important apsects of higher learning are de-emphasized. Both students and teachers found this to be a common problem within the current system they work in. There was mention in the prior thread about the shock some parents felt when their DC didn't get into top tier schools even with ~ 10 AP classes. But the funny thing is as described in the film quite a number of schools including top universities are placing less weight on this now. Its become so common for kids and parents to cram a bunch of AP classes in that the schools are looking for 'other' indicators of academic potential. We're losing the ability to teach that spirit of innovation, creativity, collaboration and exploration which makes America great. Instead kids are exchanging those critical and creative thinking skills for enhanced rote memory skills in order to pass more standardized tests. I like that some schools are reducing or eliminating APs for this very reason. The most shocking part is the intense pressure kids feel with these classes to get As, so much so that some have even killed themselves over it. What a horrible outcome to the well meaning parent and school efforts in this race toward supposed success. Imagine the pressure that must have been felt by a 13 y/o girl to see no other way to relieve her pain than to take her own life... Tragic! The trailer is good as well: Edited September 21, 2012 by dereksurfs Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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