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Re: artsednet-digest V1 #165

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Ditte Wolff (
Tue, 30 Apr 1996 18:17:06 -0600

I would like to raise the question of the real value of AP Art Portfolios
for High School Students. I see several problems that I would like to hear
other art teachers respond to.
1. The additional amount of work that the teacher need to do to
help the student get it all together. (photos,lessons to fit requirements,
2. The expense of the review is often beyond reach of many students.
3. The reward, seems to be a certain elitism and the future reward
of not having to take 3 units of college elective credit. Somehow I think
that the students would probable benefit from taking that extra class.
4. The pressure to measure up at a high school age to college
5. It seems to me the more art you do the better you get if you
are presented with challenges that encourage you to grow and develop. This
will be different for every student.
6. The entire question of AP even in other subjects, puts such
pressure on the student to reach that criteria at any means, that he/she
often doesn't hAve the time to explore other creative subjects for fear of
failure or less than AP level success.
7. I have had wonderfully, bright and able students come into my
art program who have never taken art before, do not recognize that skills
take time to develop, and want to drop because they are not getting an A or
AP Credit and it will ruin their grade point average. What is the message
we are sending? Does an A in art class always make an artist?
Let's talk about this.