Banning the Middle Class Syllabus
Ira David Socol

It’s sad. AP courses require a syllabus as part of the audit process, and although I doubt the “Middle Class Syllabus” language is also required, I have never seen an AP syllabus that didn’t include something like, “This is a college-level course” and then move on to describe loss of points for late work, work ethic expectations, etc. Even outside of AP courses, many departments at the secondary level require — and verify — a syllabus from each teacher that includes this sort of language. I worked in one that did. We can do better. Our administrators should require us to do better….

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