Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Are Advanced Placement courses necessary to get into a good college? Critics say that AP courses are impossibly broad and shallow in what they cover -- that AP teachers essentially have to "teach to the test." For this reason, some private college-prep schools have eliminated Advanced Placement courses. Private school administrators know that no university will penalize an applicant who attends a school that doesn't offer AP courses -- and that they can offer their students a better educational experience through honors courses. The documentary Race to Nowhere goes into some of the problems caused by AP courses. The film will be shown March 22nd at La Jolla High School's Parker Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Middle and high school students welcome. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. To learn about the film, visit www.racetonowhere.com.