The Advanced Placement examination season is over for high school students and mid-May marks the start of "free time" in AP classes where, much to the chagrin of some parents, in-class movies and relaxed classroom chatter abounds.
Many AP teachers choose to reward their students' hard work with a long overdue break in the workload and I, for one, support them wholeheartedly. These kids need a break.
Consider how many hours these students have spent arguing, debating, writing, memorizing and learning college-level curriculum, all the while balancing their life as high school teenagers. Actually, these students have put in three times the amount of seat time when compared to the college equivalent of the same courses. The average 3-credit college course amounts to 45 hours of class time spread over 15 weeks. A high school AP course amounts to almost 150 hours of class time in just more than 30 weeks. Really, as I see it, it's only fair that these students deserve a break from the grind.