District right to reinstate AP history

To the Editor:

We were very concerned when we read the letter from Thomas Worthington High School student Alyssa Hubbard regarding the elimination of AP European history from the offerings next year.

We have recently learned, and are very pleased, that the course has been reinstated for this year. We view this as a promise kept to the students who had designed their schedules spanning their four high school years, in the expectation of the course being available at their home school.

We were concerned for the reputation of the district. Little by little, high-level courses are being dropped (fourth-year French comes to mind). What does this tell parents of students interested in courses that make their students competitive for the more elite institutions of higher education? What does this do for the reputation of the district?

We understand that funds are "always short" to do all that is desirable and that "low enrollments" may suggest saving through the elimination of a course. We, however, view these high-level courses to be, in the parlance of business, "loss leader" items that make the district attractive and thus good for the community at large.

We also understand that in the natural course of events, high school enrollments have declined, but judging from present elementary school enrollments, they will bounce back.

We would urge the administration and the board to review the policy that requires the registration of 18 students for a course to be offered because, in our view, that number is unrealistically and unjustifiably high for the high-level courses to maintain the quality and breadth of the offerings of the district.

Abramo Ottolenghi