The YBP Study

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  1. Or, better yet, just make your program so demanding in the traditional sense, that it filters out anyone who would not do well on the exam. Then there is no conflict, just a very small class of perfect students. As long as administrators are intimidated by these kinds of teachers, they will continue to use “high standards” as an excuse, or even justification, for low retention rates.

  2. You nailed it John. And so the College Board keeps up its cozy relationship with schools that can afford it. Small groups of predominantly privileged white females walk around the building cozy with their teacher. Some will become language teachers because they are so “good at it”. No wonder we get such resistance from established teachers with “high standards” as you say. Right. They’re high.
    They do such a bad job that the AP French Literature exam is no longer given. Why? Because nobody is really interested in Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Diderot and Rabelais. They’re not Americun. For the College Board it’s about the bottom line and not those awesome authors. There is no longer an AP French Literature exam because the teachers made the pool of candidates shrink more and more each year until it dried up. No dollars? No exam.

  3. I always find myself gushing with thanks for your articles, Ben. The Foreign Language Department at my new school is in shambles. 2 teachers quit in the past month and another went on Family Medical Leave until March. The Assistant Principal has been charged to head the department, the same guy that hired me a few weeks ago.
    It’s good and bad. It’s bad because many students don’t have a quality teacher at the moment and behavior issues are rampant. It’s good because everyone knows that how teachers were teaching wasn’t working. Admin is open to my CI instruction and supportive. I’m reaching kids and it just makes sense to people, especially the security guards who totally get my TCI and have been very supportive (they do restorative justice) when students act out.
    We’re just beginning to discuss how to put a 4 year program together. AP exam was recently brought up. I want to make sure I convince my Assistant Principal that the best way to prepare kids for the AP exam is to teach CI. This little anecdote about how an AP teacher explaining the grammar in English didn’t produce results is very helpful.
    As we put a 4 year program together I’m going to be the only one at the table with an understanding of SLA theory, and I have to make sure I am convincing.

    1. Sean, I pray you have the tenacity to just keep going back every day and doing what you have been doing. It takes a lot of time to show faithfulness and compassion, and a long time before it is truly appreciated. You have been working hard and it looks like a vacuum has been created for you to fill. It is amazing the education we get by following the comments here and interacting with them. Thanks for sharing the ups and the downs. Look forward to hearing more as it unfolds.

  4. Great news Sean! Sounds like you’re in an ideal spot to win favor for CI teaching, especially to convince your admins that CI is really the only way to go if they want their desired AP program to be successful.

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