. . . this really bothered me. The Washington Post had an op-ed today regarding the decision of the College Board to discontinue the AP exam for Latin literature, “which covers Cicero and four lyric poets.” Buried in the penultimate paragraph, and stated not at all uncritically, is this sentence: “The College Board said this decision was related to the number of minority students taking the exam.”
Now, I don’t know if the exam should have been continued or not, but it is very sad if the reason it was discontinued was because the racial mix of students taking it was politically incorrect, and it is equally sad if this is considered an acceptable reason even by a teacher who is otherwise outraged at the College Board’s action. O tempora, o mores!