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ERIC Number: ED001308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 1
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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
ARBOLINO, JACK N.
THE AUTHOR, DIRECTOR OF THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM, COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION BOARD, DEFENDED THE BOARD AGAINST CHARGES THAT THE PROGRAM IS AN "UNDEMOCRATIC MONEY-MAKING SCHEME." THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM IS MAINTAINED AT A LOSS BY THE CEEB. WHILE AMERICAN EDUCATION SEEKS TO EDUCATE ALL STUDENTS TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY, SPECIFIC PROGRAMS MUST BE CONFINED TO SPECIFIC AREAS AND ABILITIES AND IN NO WAY HINDER THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE. IT CAN JUSTIFIABLY BE CRITICISED BY THE FACT THAT IT IS USED BY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES TO "LOOK" RATHER THAN BE GOOD. WORTHY PROGRAMS ARE ALWAYS EXPLOITED BY THOSE WHO WISH TO RECEIVE CREDIT WITHOUT EARNING IT. BY OVEREMPHASIZING TESTMANSHIP, IT MAY FAIL TO ENCOURAGE TRUE KNOWLEDGE. EVALUATION IS ALWAYS NECESSARY BUT MUST NEVER BE MADE AN END IN ITSELF. THE PROGRAM "LIMITS THE GROWTH OF THE CURRICULUM, UNDULY INFLUENCES IT, AND RESTRICTS EXPERIMENTATION." THIS CRITICISM IS OFTEN TEMPORAILY VALID BECAUSE RESOURCES NORMALLY USED FOR EXPERIMENTATION ARE DIVERTED TO IMPLEMENTATION, BUT SHOULD NOT REMAIN PERMANENTLY SO DIVERTED. "IDENTIFICATION OF THE SUPERIOR STUDENT IS DIFFICULT AT BEST, EARLY IDENTIFICATION IS DANGEROUS." AS LONG AS IDENTIFICATION IS REGARDED AS APPROXIMATE AT BEST AND IS CONSTANTLY REEVALUATED, THE DANGER BECOMES MINIMAL, CERTAINLY LESS THAN THE DANGER OF REFUSING TO IDENTIFY AT ALL FOR FEAR OF MAKING A MISTAKE.
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: NEW YORK; New York (New York)