Thank you for explaining your thoughts and you are right...but as we know life isn't always fair. Perhaps we need to protest to the College Board. There are many things that are wrong with AP ART...funny that the AP English, Science, Math kids test out of those freshman level classes without a hassle but our art kids have to struggle.
I guess we can go on debating the pro's and con's of AP Art just as we can about DBAE and Constructivism...all I know is when I went to high school there was no AP Art and I had no clue what a porfolio was...and I lived 20 minutes out of Manhattan. Being an art educator is a daily struggle and in that vast sea of educational rubbish I guess the best we can say about AP Art is that it helps to validate our programs and that is always something that we need.
Barbara in Texas
----- Original Message -----
From: Susan L. Sanders
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 6:06 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: AP Studio teachers
You missed the meaning. My children took AP (at least 2 years apiece).
They did the hoop jumping. It was good practice for college, when the
hoops get changed and you learn to jump another way. I am positively
for discipline within one's area of learning, meeting the demands a
course mets out...all I am saying is that I saw little value for either
of my children...the schools they attended recognized their credits, but
it didn't eliminate their having to take any...and I mean even the most
basic courses in college...Their schools said, "Great...you get 6
credits..." but you must learn our way now....so start at the
beginning...just like everyone else....It was very frustrating to both
of them, because they were hungry to take on more challenging
classes...and it was like being sent back to the back of the line. If
colleges don't acknowledge...by crediting not only the AP classes taken,
but the skills that were learned in the those AP classes...and let AP
students begin at a more challenging level...really, what value are