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TESTS: No surprise that educators cheated

Letter by Mary M. Johnson, Tacoma on July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am with 8 Comments »
July 18, 2011 12:23 pm

Re: “Culture of ‘fear’ fueled cheating in public schools” (TNT, 7-17).

I was quite dismayed by the report of teachers in Atlanta, Ga., attempting to raise test scores by changing answers on students’ tests; and in another case, seating “struggling students near higher performing classmates so they could copy answers.”

But perhaps I should not have been surprised. These teachers were trained in institutions where they were indoctrinated with post-modern relativism: There are no absolutes, hence no absolute moral standards – a way of thinking they were expected to pass on to their own students.

It pains me to realize that the question that must be asked is this: Can we expect anything different?

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  1. Your absolutes leave little logic, this is not an either or situation. Students are not absolute widgets that come to school every day having been fed, cleaned, or any other circumstance that they face at home. Morals are relative and not absolute in a land where there is freedom of religion. Sure qualities such as lying and stealing and cheating are pretty standardly regarded. But punitive methods to establish success by way of a one way standard test- visual, and not aural, tactile or affective- is no way to accurately measure every student and every teacher. Especially by holding a narrow testable margin to base salary and employment on. The NCLB is punitive and not even funded therefore placing schools in the position of closure. What has it improved when now nearly a decade later, more schools are failing than before it was instituted? 80% of middle schools nationwide are projected to have failed in the next few years. My point? Education is not absolute. The teachers were wrong, but so is the system.

  2. Frida assertz-

    “The teachers were wrong,”

    But also states “Morals are relative and not absolute”

    How conveniently shiftable….so which is it this second?
    Which way does the wind blow …for you?

  3. bobcat1a says:

    Teachers were intimidated by administrators to cheat. Would you risk your job in this economy? For most people who are honest, I bet the answer is NO.

  4. Mary – Any supporting facts to support this crazy talk?

    “These teachers were trained in institutions where they were indoctrinated with post-modern relativism”

    Better adjust your tin-foil hat Mary.

  5. “No Child……” and standardized testing are the END of creative education.
    Years ago, Tom Randolph of the New York Times was quoted as saying that placing one’s child into the public education system was “handing him over to the enemy.” I wish I could figure out how to push every round child into a square block to meet my legislators hard block head mentality.

  6. whitecap says:

    Ms. Johnson…of course the teachers were wrong. I think we can all agree on that. But I think most of us will also agree that your ideas are…well, I don’t want to say moronic because that’s a bit harsh, so I’ll settle with stupid.

  7. itwasntmethistime says:

    I don’t know, I think moronic would have been okay here.

  8. So how do your black and white absolutes work for every day moral dilemmas?

    What is morally acceptable – to make your students cheat in what you believe is an unfair, unproductive and penalizing system, or loose your job and subject your children to economic stress, including health threats, loss of education and even hunger? Yeah, that’s an easy one.

    I understand and sympathize how it is easier to delude yourself that there are absolutes when you are defficient in your social education and intelectual capacity.

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