At a moment in Washington DC when more lying is being done by more people since Bull Connor explained why attack dogs were needed to fight civil rights workers, we see how the state education complex can scream that, when it comes to lying, it gives no ground to any puny federal institution such as Congress or the Presidency.
We who try to instill ethics into our children are always yelping about cheating.. don’t do it.. it corrodes the soul and subverts character and personal honor. Well, seems we’ve been missing the larger target. It ain’t the kids! It’s the teachers and their bosses. Little Johnny might take a peek at Joey’s exam to see if, indeed, 2 + 2 = 4 or whether George Washington or Adolph Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, but the teachers are cheating on tens of thousands of questions, setting standards for dishonesty Little Johnny could never achieve on his own.
Here is an article from the Washington Times by Ben Wolfgang I found, a little belatedly. I have selected a few key paragraphs. Issues to ponder as you read through this account of a cesspool masquerading as education include: Why is there no shame for government’s failure and dishonesty? Why are these immoral educators still teaching children? Keep in mind that Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall has been overseeing this cheating orgy for ten years in 44 out of 56 Atlanta School districts. Ask the question: how many adults knew about this profane violation of their duties and public trust and kept silent?
Why are these people allowed to abuse children without consequence? No one resigns. No one goes to jail. And children suffer.
Culture of cheating breeding in schools across U.S.
Poor test scores risk teachers’ jobs
Those sneaky students in the back of the classroom aren’t the only cheaters.
Teachers and school leaders are getting in on the scams by boosting test scores not through better instruction, but by erasing wrong answers, replacing them with the right ones and hoodwinking parents in the process.
Nowhere was the corruption more widespread than in Atlanta, where a recent probe found that 44 schools and 178 teachers and principals had been falsifying student test scores for the past decade. Suspected cheating also is under review in the District, and the Department of Education’s inspector general is assisting with the investigation.
In Pennsylvania, reports that surfaced this week show suspected cheating in at least three dozen school districts. State Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis on Thursday ordered those districts to investigate the suspicious scores and report back within 30 days. He also asked a data company to analyze 2010 scores, according to the Associated Press.
Similar charges of cheating have been discovered in Baltimore, Houston and elsewhere.
Although the details differ, education specialists think each scandal has a common denominator.
“There’s a very simple cause: consequences,” said Gregory Cizek, a professor of educational measurement and evaluation in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Any district where you’ve got kids who are at risk of not succeeding … there are problems as big as Atlanta, as big as D.C., as big as Philadelphia. The more stakes there are involved, the more you’re going to see it.”
The Atlanta probe found that “cheating occurred as early as 2001,” the year the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted. Mr. Cizek and others argue that the greater accountability schools face, the more likely that teachers and administrators are to, at best, turn a blind eye to cheating. At worst, they encourage it.
Former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall was named superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009. She retired last month and told USA Today on Wednesday that she “did not know about the cheating.”
Under No Child Left Behind guidelines, schools can be labeled “failing” if student test scores don’t meet state benchmarks. Poor results are embarrassing for teachers and often cost principals, superintendents and school board members their jobs. By contrast, high scores on reading and math tests equal praise for those in charge.
“The teachers and principals who changed test scores did something unethical and probably illegal, [but they were] caught between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “We’ve created a climate that corrupted the educational process. The sole goal of education … became boosting scores by any means necessary.”
The Education Department has estimated that more than 80 percent of schools could be labeled as “failing” this year under No Child Left Behind, and congressional leaders are working on overhauling the law.
“It’s in nobody’s interest … to really do a searching, thorough investigation,” Mr. Cizek said. “Vigorously pursuing an allegation is just a lose-lose-lose situation” for students, teachers, districts and parents, none of whom wants to admit wrongdoing or, in the students’ cases, face the reality that they didn’t score as well as they thought.
As a result, those students “are left even further behind,” Mr. Schaeffer said, by not getting the remedial education they need.
“It’s harder and harder for politicians with a straight face to say high-stakes testing is improving education,” he said. END
How pathetic. The teachers were under pressure to do something rather expected: teach! When they realized they couldn’t or that they didn’t want to be bothered, they cheated. And then these eduwimps blamed the law!