TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 1959
Advanced Placement Program Enriches,
Accelerates Education of Bright Students
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By FAITH WEINSTEIN
The Advanced Placement Pro-
gram "offers a way to accelerate
and enrich education for the
bright student, adding the incen-
tive of possible , college credit,"
Prof. James W. Downer of the
English department said recently.
The national Advanced Place-
ment Program, he explained, al-
lows high schools to set up ad-
vanced, courses in several depart-
ments. The school arranges for a
special class, and makes a syllabus
statement, indicating its partici-
pation to the college board.
At the end of the course, the
student must qualify on a special
examination, he continued, which
is administered' by the College
Entrance Examination Board, and
corrected at Its testing service at
Princeton, New Jersey.
If the student passes the exam,
he added, the results are made
available to the college of his
choice. The type of credit given
is up to the individual college.
Some will give actual credit-hours,
while pthers will place the stu-
dents in advanced classes.
At the University, the Admis-
sions department will give definite
college credit to "the student who
shows superior ability," Prof."
Downer said. An increasing num-
ber of students have received such
credit in the past few years, he
Prof. Downer's role is primarily
that of "articulation between the
University and the high schools in
the area." He conducts a summer
seminar for teachers who plan to
introduce advanced placement
courses into their high school
The seminar, he said, consists
of about 14 high school teachers.
In the course of the summer they
attempt to "define the nature of
advanced placement, its effects on
the school, problems involved in
selecting students, and setting up
the special curricula required."
Advanced placement "is in its
infancy here in Michigan, and
our main problem is how to get
it started," Prof. Downer said.
Some high school teachers freeze
at the thought of teaching a course
which may get college credit, he
Program Not New
"Advanced placement is by no
means a sputnik-inspired pro-
gram," he continued. The program
long antedated the present hys-
teria, he said.
However, educational attitudes
have changed considerably in the
past few years, he explained.
"When I was going to school, it
would have been considered heresy
to place some students in special
advanced classes. It would have
shown a lack of democracy."
The program has been pretty
well accepted in recent years,
however, although Prof. Downer
noted it has been a little slow in
coming to the Middle West.
Very few state high schools
have started advanced placement
courses, Prof. Downer continued.
Ann Arbor High, Bentley High,
and Trenton are the only schools
in the area that have endorsed it.
Some schools, he continued,
have rejected the program on the
grounds that it offers false in-
centive to learning. These, schools
would prefer to enrich their own
programs. "Other schools have
found that this is just the push
they need," he said.
The primary, problem in con-
ducting the advanced placement
courses, Prof. Downer said, is the
"emotional maturity of the stu-
There is no question of the
brightness of the students in-
volved, "but they just have to live
a little. They understand the read-
ing as such, but how can they
understand the problems of a
Hamlet, or an Oedipus attach-
Must Be Careful
"You must be very careful," he
said. "Some students have bene-
fitted greatly,- but for others it
was too much, too soon. Some kids
gave up for all the wrong reasons,"
At best, the advanced courses
are better than the average begin-
ning $college English courses, he
concluded. They fill an important
role in stimulating the high school
student who might otherwise be-
come lazy in average high school
Petitions for positions on Stu-
dent Government Council's Ad-
ministrative Wing and related
boards are available this week In
the Student Activities Bldg., Phil
Zook, '60, administrative vice-
president, said yesterday.
Positions are open on the Early
Registration Pass Comnmittee, the
Human Relations Board and Cin-
ema Guild Board. The Council
also needs a Personnel Manager,
a manager of the Student Book
Exchange and an Office Manager.
The SBX Manager and Office
Manager posts are paid positions.
All petitions are -due Friday and
interviewing by the Interviewing
and Nominating Committee will
be held Saturday.
TRADITION-New research goes on inside the walls while old
lions keep constant vigil on the University Exhibits Museum.
Stone Lions Guard Museum's Riches
light. ,and C(
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Congregational and Disciples Guild,
coffee break, April 28, 4:30-6 p.m., Guild
* a a
Grad. Hist. Club, April 28, 8 p.m.
Rackham, W. Conf. Rm. Speaker: Dr.
M. Judson, "Political Ideas and Politi-
cal Realities in the Age of Cromwell."
* * *
Grad. Student Coffee Hour, April 29,
4-5:30 p.m., Rackham, 2nd Floor, W.
Lounge. All graduate students invited.
* * "
IHc, Debate: "Should SGC Be Abol-
ished?" with Prof. P. Henle, Al Haber,
Michael Bentwich, April 28, 8" p.m., S.
Quad., Dining Rm. 1.
Newman Club- Graduate Group,
April 29, 8 p.m., Father Richard Cen-
ter. Speaker; Prof. F. Grace, "Natural
Law - Its Relation to Positive Law."
IHC, poetry reading - E. G. Burrows,
April 29, 7:30 p.m., w. Quad, Strauss Li-
Rifle Club, patches are available from
James C. McLaughlin, 216 Mich., W. Q.
SGC Public Relations Comm., meet-
ing, April 28, 4 p.m., 1548 SAB.
* * *
Student Branch of I.R.E.- A.I.C.E
annual banquet, April 28, 6:30 p.m.,
Union. Speaker: Dr. Joan D. Ryder.
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for Michigan Daily
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first
in a series of four articles discussing
the research done in University
By SHARON EDWARDS
The mute stone lions in front
of the University Museums Build-
ing are a well known symbol of
discretion and are generally hailed
as one of the last remnants of that
glorious life of the past-campus
Everyone knows the lions. And
not a few have even ventured
through the doors they guard, and
into the University Exhibit Mu-
seum. Grade school And high
school pupils from all over the
state troop through its winding
Art students spread their ma-
terials on the floor and sketch the
preserved wildlife specimens. Zool-
ogy students cluster around plas-
tic models of protozoa and gaze
at the intricacies of the parame-
All those who have ventured in-
side are familiar with the barred
corridors, those with the swinging
gates and "no admittance" signs.
And behind those gates lies one of
the University's great research
centers, practically unknown to
the majority of the student body.
Houses Four Museums
The Museums Building houses
not only the Exhibit Museum, but
also the University Herbarium
and Museums of Anthropology,
Paleontology and Zoology.
These four museums are devoted
to research. They contain no pub-
lic exhibits; although many.,of
their large collections are open to
scholars from this and other in-
The staff of all four are ac-
tively engaged in both teaching
and research; many graduate stu-
dents also have their research pro-
jects underway there.
The first University Museum
was built in 1880, later to be known
as the Romance Languages Build-
ing. It was raised last year from
its site between Angell Hall and
Alumni Memorial Hall and re-
placed by a maze of cement walks
In 1925, during the administra-
tion of President Marion Burton,
the state legislature. appropriated
$900,00 for a new Museums Build-
ing. The site for the museum had
been donated to the University
eight years earlier. The new build-
ing was ready for occupancy in
1928, functionally planned and ad-
Though each of the four mu-
seums was organized separately,
and has had a separate history of!
development to its present status,
they have much in common. All
are staffed by specialists who are
responsible for the care, growth,
arrangement and productive use
of the collections.
The collections and repositories
are the subject of study by biologi-
cal scientists of every possible
field of specialization.
Because the research collections
are necessarily huge and detailed,
it is neither practical nor desir-
able to make them available to the
general public. Material from them
is occasionally exhibited in the
less detailed, but clear and ac-
curate displays of the Exhibit Mu-
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Research here is of immense
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Both the work and the workers of
the individual museums should be
more widely known in the com-
munity to which they belong. The
various projects of the research
workers will be dealt with individ-
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