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BARBER: AP Comp Gov dreams now reality for Class of ‘18

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RACHEL BARBER

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I can picture it: my fellow seniors and I, showered in world government knowledge and AP credit. This will become our reality next spring.

Two weeks ago, AP government teacher Dana Dooley’s proposal for a weighted term of AP Comparative Government gained district approval. The course will replace unweighted Law and Justice in which AP Government students are currently enrolled.

Roseville High School fosters an environment revolving around AP. Sadly, I will admit to being an AP addict. It’s my fault, as I’ve surrounded myself with bad influencers with high GPAs.

Luckily, AP Comp Gov will certainly satisfy my cravings senior year.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not simply in it for the grade bump. I plan to take multiple APs next year. I’ll get my fix of extensive homework, enriching lectures and sleepless nights. Coming off a spirited election season and an administration that occasionally resembles reality TV, my class probably contains more students interested in government than usual. Although RHS has given me opportunities to expand my knowledge of government through extra curriculars, I am excited to finally learn about world government in the classroom.

It will be important to compare and contrast our country’s current administration to other governmental structures around the world for my peers who aren’t necessarily following government officials on Twitter and aren’t New York Times “insiders.”

I appreciate the dedication and consideration by Dooley and principal David Byrd it took to get this course approved. Not only are we able to obtain AP credit, we will be able to obtain AP credit for something that may spark our interest and applies in today’s political climate.

I must also give my thanks and condolences to the class before me: Thank you for your outrage, thank you for your passion and thank you for planting the seed for this course’s addition to the course book. AP Gov students made a petition last fall to get AP credit and encouraged us juniors to sign it – as it would most likely affect us.

I cannot say this was the only contributing factor to getting the course added, but having the support of the people probably made it easier for the district decision to be a “yes.” As a bonus, teaching and learning will be made easier with the addition of AP Comp Gov.

There is no better way to kick a case of senioritis like offering AP credit and having an AP exam to study for. I am currently watching my senior friends working their way through Law and Justice.

The current course does not appear mindless or dull but I can’t help but feel compassion for those doing AP work – spring term of their senior year – knowing they won’t be receiving the credit. I feel even more compassion, knowing that I won’t ever have to go through such a treacherous thing.

Let this be an ode to my fore(classes) before me and those who secured AP Comp Gov’s addition to RHS’ course catalog: thank you.

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