NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ818277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Advanced Placement Courses Put the Squeeze on English Electives
Daddone, Peter
English Journal, v98 n2 p76-80 Nov 2008
The number of students who participate in this author's journalism program is steadily dropping. As the adviser of the Rockville High School "Rampage," he is constantly trying to "reward" his seniors for their hard work in producing a newspaper that has won national awards from scholastic newspaper organizations. He encourages his students to challenge themselves by taking the toughest schedules, and like the coach of a sports team, he monitors their grades, and finds tutors or counsels students when things are not going well in their lives. So, he was perplexed when his numbers dropped even though his SAT writing section average score was 150 points higher than the school average and his senior classes were averaging $1 million in combined scholarship offers. In this article, the author explores the possibility that pressure to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses (because they "look better on a college transcript") may encourage students to foresake journalism electives, which could prove just as effective for SAT and college preparation.
National Council of Teachers of English. 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 877-369-6283; Tel: 217-328-3870; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A