I know AP stands for one of those... You make the call.
So Lizzie has been recommended for some AP classes at high school. Which is really great. It's a huge ego booster, and vote of confidence from some of the toughest teachers in the school. We're so proud of her!
There's a caveat, though. When she went to discuss the English class with the AP teacher, he told her in no uncertain terms, that it was a very difficult class. She'll learn more than any other class she's ever taken, but if she chooses to enroll, she needs to know up front that he DOES NOT CARE about her grade or her GPA.
He grades very strictly, yet fairly, and even his very brightest students do not usually fare better than a C.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most kids in AP classes to better their chances of getting into the university of their choice? What kid who is driven enough to be recommended for AP classes, doesn't mind taking a hit on their GPA?
I'm looking at my beautiful, talented, smart daughter, and wondering why she is even considering this class. She has aspirations to attend BYU - which you may already know is quite selective, and she is already on the low side of their GPA scale.
She desperately wants to do it.
Her thinking is that when she leaves to attend college, she wants to really know that she has all the information she can. She likely thinks the teacher is exaggerating and trying to scare off kids that aren't willing to work hard. And she's plenty willing to work hard, so what's the problem?
My thinking is that she will then be the most prepared person in the freshmen English class at the local community college, because her GPA can't take that kind of hit. I think that when the teacher tells you up front that you won't get a good grade, you should plan on it.
I'm just wondering what it is that is SO important to learn, yet we don't teach it to anyone else in the school.
Let her do it? or step in and just forbid it?