Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

By:  Kenneth Chang
The New York Times
May 4, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Even before the first day of class in August, Maura Fritzley had second thoughts about taking Advanced Placement physics.

Although she got good grades in a mainstream physics class, Ms. Fritzley, an 18-year-old senior at Brashear High School here, had no intention of becoming a physicist, and A.P. classes, after all, are hard.

She decided she wanted to drop it, then changed her mind and stayed. And she struggled, a lot.

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