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Fighting AP English Unfairness, Step 1

 Since declaring AP English unfair a couple posts ago, I’ve decided to do something about it.

Step 1: Find writing mentors for each of my 23 students.

I’m asking for a lot. I want 23 people to spend 15-20 minutes every single Tuesday until the AP test in May to read students’ essays online and leave comments.

That’s a formidable task, a big ask — much bigger, probably, than asking for money.

But I’m happy to say, There’s already a buzz. Seven people have signed up in just two days. It’s pretty exciting.

Still, it’s going to be relentless. We’re talking about 30+ Tuesdays in a row, a 10-hour commitment of one-on-one support.

I am extremely appreciative of the people who’ve signed up. But this is what it takes to get my students to the starting line.

After all, the kids just five miles away have built-in writing mentors: their college-educated parents. Why was my grammar impeccable? Up until sophomore year, when things clicked, it’s because my mom checked my essays.

Yes, this large campaign — 23 people, 230 hours of volunteer work — gives my students what other kids already have through privilege.

I can’t wait for this to start. Day 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Are you interested in being a writing mentor? Or do you know someone? Here’s more information: http://bit.ly/beawritingmentor. Please let me know. 


    • Mark Isero

      Thank you for your interest, Tony. Technically, the students turn in their essays at 11 pm on Mondays. So it would be possible for you to help out if you’re willing to stay up late. Let me know. You’d be perfect, obviously. (I’ve already mentioned you a couple times in class.)

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