Thursday, February 27, 2014

Teacher Cheating Scandals: Add Philadelphia to the List

February 26, 2014 by David L. Goetsch
Student cheating is a phenomenon as old as education itself. As long as there have been standards to meet in the classroom and students who cannot—for whatever reason—meet them, there has been cheating. What has changed in recent years is the amount of cheating that takes place in schools across the country and who is doing the cheating. But before getting into the issue of teachers who cheat on behalf of students as a way to cover up their own incompetence, some background is in order.
There have always been students who could not meet educational standards due to learning disabilities of various sorts, but let me be clear, these are not the students who cheating teachers are “helping” pass standardized tests. When I say “students who cannot meet” standards, understand that “cannot” fails to convey the proper nuance here. A more accurate rendering would be “choose not to” pass standardized tests. The only learning disabilities most public school students suffer from are laziness, poor attendance, tardiness, an entitlement mentality, and bad attitudes. Frankly, many students from inner cities do poorly in school because education is not a priority. They do not see it as their ticket to a better life. …..To Read More…

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