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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Why students should be able to take as many AP classes as they want

Restricting a students access to advances in knowledge sounds like something out of a horror story for any AP student.
The unemployment rate for college graduates is at 4.5 percent, and the unemployment rate for high school graduates is even higher at 24 percent.
So why stop children from excelling in life early on so that they don’t have to deal with lack qualifications later on in life?
AP students are determined and overachieving, trying to limit what they can achieve to “prevent” stress won’t stop them. These students will turn to community colleges to get the knowledge they strive for.
Preparing for college and the work force is a difficult thing to do and it’s left up to the students to figure out what constitutes adequate preparation.
If students are fit and willing to apply themselves to challenging subject matter they should be allowed to do as much as they see possible.
One of the main tools high school students have to prepare them for college courses is the advanced placement program. Not only does this program prepare them but saves them a significant amount of money when applying to college courses because they won’t have to retake the course.
The AP program is administered by College Board, an organization which gives curriculum for AP classes and qualifies the class as a college class and then administers aptitude tests based off of the courses. Since 1955 this program has been bringing rigor into high schools around the country.
Carlmont is well known because of it’s larger selection of AP classes, more than most in the area. This expansive AP program directly correlates to the high school’s phenomenal national ranking. Therefore restricting the programs will lead to a drop in ranking.
Stopping students from applying themselves and limiting taking AP courses to only 3 doesn’t help anyone, all it does is cut back on spending. What corrupt system puts a dollar value on an education?
Although the mentality seems to be that “as long as the school isn’t spending any extra money there’s no problem with kids taking AP’s outside of school.”
There’s no need to fake caring for the students stress levels, it’s highly doubtful that administration will try and extensively prevent stress by stopping students from taking after school college courses.
AP students have been bred to strive for the orgiastic moment of successfully having all A’s and doing well in classes that are served as a challenge. Why replace this drive with disinterest in classes that are significantly easier?
It’s not as if the school or counselors are arbitrarily pushing kids into AP courses, it’s the kids who want that extra push.
Students compose the majority of the school and this matter shouldn’t be put up to a vote between the minority, it should be democratically done.
Let the masses voices be heard for fairness and equality.

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Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor/Columnist
Ayesha is dedicated to Model United Nations, Debate, Junior statesmen and tennis. She is an opinion writer with a fighter ambition.

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