Why do students take advanced math classes? They are very difficult and push the mental capacity of students. We are forced to think critically and pay attention every day. Their grades average a B to B-. They struggle all trimester for the hope of an A. Meanwhile, those same students could be in the regular math class (same level) and ride an easy A. Hell, they might even get an A+. There is no incentive but bettering your math skills. Our G.P.A.’s suffer and we have to really concentrate.
I believe those students who take on the stress of taking advanced math classes should be rewarded with a waited grade scale. I’m not asking for a 5.0 grading scale, but a 4.5 would be nice. This makes taking advanced math worth it because we would get the same grade point if we were in advanced or regular. When smart kids are given the option to further their skills without a damper on their G.P.A., most take the opportunity. Think how many people would take A.P. classes if they weren’t weighted. Just a thought for today.