Answers from the President of the College Board

This week the New York Times, The Choice,  feature “The Guidance Office” is hosting an Q&A with Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, the non-profit that brings us the Advanced Placement, PSAT and SAT exams.

For Monday, Gaston answered two questions about the Advanced Placement Program. The questions were:

    1. What is the College Board doing to increase access to college among minority and low income students? Part of the diversity problem in America is that too many bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds are being excluded from higher education and something needs to be done.
    2. As I prepare my students for the AP Exam in English Literature and Composition, I am struck by the absence of reflection in the AP testing process. My students have already undertaken some seriously difficult work, from Stanley Fish to John Donne, and amaze me with their insight and enthusiasm for the material. But this insight and this enthusiasm comes only after a period of reflection when the literature has time to deepen, broaden, connect, and empathize.  I’m wondering if I should not be teaching a more speed-conscious technique, though I’m not sure that leaving the skill of reflection out of the study of literature is at all a good idea.

You can check out Mr. Caperton’s responses to these questions at The Choice.  He will be responding to various questions all week.  If you have a question for Mr. Caperton, you can ask it by posting a comment here.

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