College Board and Neoliberalism

In the 2012-2013 school year, more than double the high school students took Advancement Placement exams than the number of students that took them ten years ago. Students recognize that taking AP exams will benefit them once they enter a college or university, but the price of one exam is about ninety dollars. On the other hand, California community colleges are free for high school students and provide the same benefits.
The actions of College Board show how Neoliberalism continues to enter the education sector. College Board wedged its products in and now these products are more of a necessity than they were ten years ago. Students see AP exams as a way to increase their chance of getting into a good university rather than as a way to prepare for higher education.
Do you think state governments should make community college classes more accessible to reduce the influence of College Board?


Exceptionalism and Americans

No ideology penetrates American society more than the idea of American Exceptionalism. Americans resound with the idea that no other people can accomplish the same feats as Americans. There exists some degree of truth because Americans continually introduce new norms for the world.

The idea of making money and becoming famous through YouTube, for example, began within American society. YouTube first started as a medium to share videos with friends and family. Nowadays dozens, if not hundreds, of people around the world have well-paying YouTube careers.

However, no other race of people could have made YouTube a possible career choice. American society connected with the initial wave of YouTubers because these YouTubers introduced a new frontier in entertainment. American viewers began to share the dream of growing YouTube alongside the content creators. Now, YouTube exists as a medium to provide professional and high quality content. Some even have the financial backing of companies like Disney.

Now the question is how long will Americans resonate with American Exceptionalism? Also, which society has the ability to create global phenomena as thriving as Americans do?