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Dorn: Times' editorials wrong on AP teacher quality

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February

He waited a couple months, but USF education professor and blogger Sherman Dorn is blasting the St. Petersburg Times editorials from December (here and here) that took aim at AP teachers for low AP passage rates.

These are conclusions from a superficial analysis. I know of situations where it is obvious that low scores are probably reflections of teacher quality, but I know of several classrooms where either students are scoring well despite low teacher quality or where students are scoring low though they have a fabulous teacher.

Dorn also says there's nothing wrong in using AP classes to challenge high school students, even those who are considered "non-traditional":

On a philosophical basis, I am disturbed by the assumption that we always need to withhold content based on prior achievement. Why does the fictional Ms. Frizzle tell students to "take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" in elementary school, but we have to shake in our boots at the possibility that we might be challenging older students? There are plenty of classes (e.g., U.S. history) where keeping students out makes little sense, and the Times is dead wrong in their approach on this issue.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]

    

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