January 17, 2010
The Rocky Transition From High-School Calculus
Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle
Amid the many signs of underperformance in American education, the growth and geographic spread of Advanced Placement courses in high schools is a widely admired success story. For several decades, AP calculus has been a standard-bearer for this movement, representing a singular mark of academic accomplishment for the ablest students, their teachers, and their schools.
Unfortunately, for the majority of those students, AP calculus has become not a steppingstone but a stumbling block.
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