Fan Mail: Curb Your Emerson Enthusiasm Edition
Students and teachers give the College Board a lot of feedback. You might think we don’t see the notes, the tweets, the memes, but we do. We know you have questions, comments, and complaints—and we have answers (or maybe just responses). And if there’s something you’d like to ask or tell us, email us at [email protected]. (Is that a feedback loop?)
File Under: AP Self-Reliance
A famous idiot once wrote, “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
File Under: Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Meme.
File Under: Letters and Social Aims
That seemed a little odd to us, too, so we asked around. Short answer: It can’t be changed—for now. College Board lists the race/ethnicity designations defined by the Department of Education and used throughout the country in K–12 and higher education. The Office of Management and Budget issued revised standards for race and ethnicity in 1997 to be limited to the following categories:
American Indian or Alaska Native A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”
Hispanic or Latino A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term “Spanish origin” can be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino.”
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
White A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
This is one of those “There is no right answer, only less bad ones” problems. And if you want to discuss the use (or lack) of Latinx, the line forms on the left and wraps around the building.
File Under: Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Look, we can’t speak to why you had to cross out your ninja or how you quoted The Breakfast Club (or why). But scribble us intrigued. Email us a ninja doodle—we need to see it!