It’s that time of the year when historians and history teachers from across the country gather to grade the A.P. History exams. Over the past few years the grading process has become something of a public event as participants share the best of the worst responses to Free Response and DBQ questions. I know that this sharing is done by goodhearted people who ultimately care about education and the future of our discipline, but I have to admit that it leaves me feeling just a little depressed.
We already live in a society that places little value in education. Why feed it. It adds ammunition for those looking for reasons to cut history programs even further and feeds the belief that students know less about the past than previous generations. Most importantly, it disrespects the vast majority of history teachers who bust their asses day in and day out, in many cases for little pay and support from their communities.
This year I understand that College Board has asked its graders to pledge not to share anything about the process for the duration of the week. Why they decided to do this is unclear.
For those who can’t resist I ask that this year you share the best of the best on the AP History Exams. I ask this out of respect for my fellow history teachers across the country who are closing in on a much deserved summer break.