Recap: College Board Parkland Controversy

March 1, 2018

If there's one thing for certain, the ripple effect from the Parkland shooting isn't showing signs of slowing. Here's some information to help you get caught up.


From gun control meetings to amazing displays of student resilience and civic action in the #NeverAgain movement, it seems like everyone has something to say.


That's why the recent remarks from College Board President David Coleman (pictured right, source) have ignited strong feelings from the counseling community about the proper role of non-profit industry players like College Board.


Coleman's email offers inspiration he drew from this truly tragic event. It also shares the emotions and connections he and the College Board has with those affected by the event. Then, he offers commentary on Emma Gonzalez' allegedly partisan approach and segues into an anecdote about how her classmate David Hogg's statement about journalism being taught in AP U.S. history "honor Advanced Placement teachers everywhere".


The content surrounding that commentary has drawn a strong response from the industry & social media, and it hasn't been very positive:

And here's the timeline of events:

Feb 21, 2018 @ 3:01pm, from David Coleman

Feb 22, 2018 @ 3:55pm, from Abby Jacobs


Other Discussion:

- Forbes: College Board's Insensitive Response To Parkland Tragedy Angers Members

- Chronicle of Higher Ed: College Board President’s Letter, Prompted by School Shooting, Sparks Criticism

- EdWeek [Subscription Required]: College Board Accused of Using Parkland Shootings for Self-Promotion


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