In response to “AP, honors classes discussed…” by Anne Ternus-Bellamy in the Feb. 15 edition of The Davis Enterprise, I’d like to thank Davis High science department chair Wayne Raymond and other educators who are evaluating the impact these courses have on all students. It’s heartening to see our high schools take the lead and fully disclose course expectations, as provided for in our new homework policy.
Students who are excellent in all subject areas can manage the academic arms race we have created, but not all students are academically excellent. The majority are above average and below. Some lack basic supports to even compete.
The good news is the world is full of average people who do extraordinary things. The bad news is we are actively neglecting many in this generation by depriving them the benefit of their youth. Kids don’t get a second chance to be kids; missed milestones are gone forever. Consider the consequences:
Our students may be headed to great colleges, but what happens once enrolled? Are they able to assume responsibility for all activities of daily living? Will they pursue their best course of study when they haven’t had time to discover their passions? Do all who enter college complete their degrees? Will they be competent in a workforce that demands creativity? Can they work well with others, be physically healthy or manage money and free time?
The answer to all of these questions is no, not when young lives are spent glued to a desk.
Carefully chosen AP and Honors classes are worthwhile, but untargeted course overload is inappropriate.
Mr. Raymond, Ms. Ternus-Bellamy and others, please keep the conversation going. We’re a community that truly cares about education, so we won’t mind the self-evaluation.