Maybe the academic program is not as rigorous as it appears |

Maybe the academic program is not as rigorous as it appears

Ruth S. HertzbergCopper Mountain

I never imagined there would be so many responses to my letter criticizing the practices of Summit High School that allow Summit athletes to miss one third of the academic year at school, study “independently,” and rank as the top scholars in their classes, receiving scholarly as well as athletic honors. Of course the community supports these programs – those who do not send their students to private schools or move to other school districts. Joshua C. Stuhr and his fellow student athletes must be geniuses who can successfully balance the demands of a rigorous academic program (approximately four AP courses per student) with part-time attendance at school. Or maybe the academic program is not so rigorous as it appears. I wish these same “geniuses” lots of luck on the AP physics exam. The difficulties in studying for this subject without a tutor or teacher are immense.I think Mr. Stuhr gets at the heart of the problem in his comment that there are not enough periods in a day to enroll in additional advanced classes. There are not enough AP courses offered for those students who could handle them, nor enough trained teachers to teach them. All of the foregoing point to the mediocrity of the high school system. As I said in my first letter, if I were a student with high academic ability, I would greatly resent the fact that athletes who were not in school on a regular basis could gain the highest awards that the school offers.

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