August 8th, 2011

WATCH: Cheating In Atlanta: The Human Element, And The Effects

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The cheating scandal in Atlanta schools has been a black mark on American education — but when we speak about it, we often focus on administrators, principals, and teachers. What about the students whose scores were falsified, and their families? How do they feel? And with the chances that cheating is more widespread than we think, where is the system headed next?

In a report for PBS Newshour, we attempted to answer these questions.

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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You may be interested in my 2010 co-authored article on “ethical” cheating in On The Horizon (Emerald Publishing).

John, you have kept an open mind and (I think) this has led you to suspect that the “reform” movement is probably just “lies, damned lies and statistics” designed to allow corporate interests to get their hands on public school money.

At the moment the city of New York is bragging about its improved test scores, but so far as I know, these tests have almost no security and are probably no more valid than the ones in DC or Atlanta. Please look into this.

What public education needs more than anything else right now is for someone to uncover the truth. I believe you are such a person. Thank you.

This is all kind of a joke, isn’t it? There is an assumption that the test scores themselves are indicative or something meaningful with regards to education. I would be curious to see how students who score well on a test legitimately, do on that same test a year later. Undoubtedly, the bulk of the information is forgotten when it is no longer being tested. This whole approach to education is flawed and the concept of “cheating” is this context is erroneous. The wrong lesson is being learned and the wrong approach is being taken.

WHOLE STORY includes FAKE INVESTIGATIONS by APS-OIR & GA-PSC Good ole boys of GA made a deal w/HALL

The simple solution is to have independent testers. I guess the only question for that solution is the cost.

All it means is that Bush’s “No Corporation Left Behind” agenda never had the support of the people and the teaching troops on the ground in the first place. Where we should go from here — is where we should have started in the first place — asking them why that is.

But no, someone might actually learn something.

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