Extra Credit: AP Vs. IB
Dear Extra Credit:
have been following the Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate debate. I have a grandson who is a junior in an IB program in Northern Virginia. I have had the honor of reading several of the papers he was required to write, including one in Spanish. If he takes nothing away from the IB program in the form of college credits (which he thoroughly deserves), he will be able to write a paper in proper form, well organized and impressive in the depth of the subject matter, and he will have learned valuable time-management skills. He seems to be able to get 1,500-word papers written on time, hold down a small job, be involved in some school activities, be a leader in his youth group and still have time to smell the roses. The IB classes seem to provide a breadth of learning, whereas my understanding of AP classes is that each one creates a narrow focus of learning to ace the test without a view of how each subject fits into a bigger picture.
Linda S. Spevack
You are right about IB, but wrong about AP. Students also have to become thoughtful, big-picture writers if they want to do well on the three-hour AP exams.
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| April 16, 2009; 2:00 AM ET
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