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TESTS: No surprise that educators cheated

Letter by Mary M. Johnson, Tacoma on July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am | 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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