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HOORAY for Brave Cheating Teachers

No Child Left Behind has destroyed careers among our best educators. Teachers deserve a pardon and an apology.

Almost daily, we learn more about the epidemic of cheating in Atlanta schools, across Georgia, and around the country. To cheating teachers, I say HOORAY!

At home or in Sunday School, we learned that cheating and lying were not acceptable under any circumstance. When we grew older, we read that in 1492 Spain required all of its Jewish citizens to leave the country, convert, or die.

HOORAY for the Spanish Jews who ignored that immoral law and lied to maintain their culture and religion. HOORAY for the brave citizens of Europe during World War II who ignored the immoral Nazi laws and lied and hid many homosexuals, gypsies, and Jews.

HOORAY for the heroic Americans who operated the Underground Railroad and helped many slaves escape from the South by ignoring the immoral Slave laws.

In Catholic elementary schools in the 1950s, many kids came from large families, sometimes of 10 or more. Then safe, effective, easy-to-use contraception, the pill, was invented. HOORAY for all the Catholic moms who disobeyed the churches prohibition against using any form of contraception and 98% of Catholic women today who use or have used contraception.

Lying, cheating, and disobedience in the face of immoral laws and rules should be honored not criminalized. The worst education law, No Child Left Behind, to ever ooze out of Washington begs to be disobeyed.

Even State School Superintendent Dr, John Barge, in Sunday's Marietta Daily Journal, said that by applying for waivers from No Child Left Behind, “We’ll get out of an environment where folks feel compelled to cheat on a test.”

Soon there will be no memory of No Child Left Behind’s existence, except for the destroyed careers of some of our best educators. This terrible law, passed a decade ago, has been rightly discredited. It is time to stop the persecution of teachers. Moms and dads should praise the brave teachers who risked everything for the sake of our children.

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Shelly June 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Are you kidding me??? These are not educators,they were selfish individuals that did not care one little bit about educating children and only cared about lining their own pockets. They cheated. Period. That does not qualify as "fighting the system"or warrant being compared to all the brave people you mentioned that fought for good. These people deserve to lose their job and should go to jail for doing what they did. They cheated those kids out of their education. You are sorely misguided.
Greg T June 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Comparing cheating teachers to those escaping death and enslavement...really??? With 6 paragraphs of hyperbole, I expected more than 2 paragraphs of opinion devoid of facts. Love the mindset that blames the test instead of the actual culprits that contribute to our poorly performing public education, the educational system that even it's own leaders refuse to place their own children into. Presidents (D and R), union leaders (teacher's union included!), politicians who promote public schools for us (not them) and our local leaders all refuse to use the "public" educational system. Why is test taking bad for education? Why is a teacher brave for cheating on tests to keep the public from understanding the actual state of our children's education?
Artie June 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Greg, totally agree with you. There might be a valid argument for wanting to change No child left behind but to equate these teachers to death and enslavment camps is pure stupidity. Something has to be done to totally revamp our education system and it has to start with firing poor teachers, administrators and the department of education who care more about keeping poor teachers employeed or indoctrince kids to their beliefs. Why are charter schools and home schooled chiildren out performing our government educated children? Why are many kids reaching college unprepared?
tina harris June 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I agree with you 100% Shelly. Mike does not live in the real world and must have a teacher that cheated within his circle of friends or family.
William Compton June 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Wake up Alice (Mike)
Mit June 13, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Wendy Parker continues to do a pathetic job in publishing Opinons that in any way reflect East Cobb. The community she purports to know so well.
Laura June 13, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I believe all the people who have left comments before me have already made the point that the analogy used is a ridiculous one to compare cheating teachers to heroes of slavery, the holocaust and such. No one is ever compelled to cheat. And what is even worst was the cover up after the cheating was discovered. This sums up what is wrong with education. Educators need to be made accountable for their actions. Too often teachers and administrators cheat, lie and abuse children as we have seen recently. All too often no one holds them accountable for their actions. I applaud the AJC for its investigation leading to the discovery of the cheating scandal and subsequent trials dismissing cheating teachers. We have seen administrators in Fulton County cover up and not report abuse to special needs children. At Kell High School the Principal just retired after being involved recently in a situation involving the reporting of a student matter. Where is the Integrity and honesty in our teaching profession?
Laura June 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
In East Cobb I have also been witness to teachers, counselor and administrators lying. My oldest has just finished going through the Cobb County Public school system and has graduated. In the course of my children going through the Cobb County School system I have witnessed Vice-Principals lying at the Middle School. I have witnessed teachers and counselors lying. The Principal at the elementary school told outright lies even when being questioned by the Department of Education. This is a disgrace. These teachers and administrators were all lying to cover up failures on their part. Instead of having honesty and integrity they CHOSE to lie. These teachers and principals are failures at accountability for their own actions. Honesty and Integrity are values they are supposedly imparting on to our children. Teachers and administrators are role models to our children. What kind of message are we sending to our children when their Principals and teachers lie and cheat? My child’s Principal wrote an e-mail about my child containing lies which my child saw. These were confirmed as lies by the teacher whose class these things supposedly occurred in. Principals should not be lying. September 2011 was the month in my child’s elementary school that was dedicated to Integrity for character education. A State mandated character trait taught for this month was honesty. This was in the same school where the Principal lies along with the teachers.
Laura June 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The brave teachers I would have praised would have been all the ones who came forward while this scandal happened and actually risked everything for the sake of our children and said “No “ to cheating and reported these other teachers and Principals. But there was such a large group that went along with this cheating scandal. Why did all these people at the higher levels think they could get away with this? THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH EDUCATION. There are rules, but there is no one to keep these schools accountable to the rules. Why make all these rules if they have no intentions of enforcing them?
Laura June 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The worst part of this all is the volume of involvement and level of involvement. We have seen this involvement again when the Fulton Principal knew special needs children were being abused and she covered it up. I have also seen this same lying and covering up in Cobb County.
Laura June 13, 2012 at 02:49 AM
In Georgia the pillars of education are Wisdom, Justice and Moderation. Justice is to be accountable for our actions which requires honesty. I have to say I have seen a very poor showing of honesty in my children’s administrators, teachers and other staff. Does the Department of Education at the State or Federal level hold these teachers or Principals accountable? NO, the burden of proof is always with the parent. The teachers and Principals just lie to get away with whatever they are accused of. The burden of proof should also be on the school. Do they wonder why parents are recording their children in their schools? Why should we trust these teachers that lie and cheat? Let’s start holding our teachers and administrators accountable for their actions!
Greg T June 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
This is why we can't just give those who endorse cheating and lying more money, for they will continue to lie and justify any action to benefit themselves. It is unfortunate that our educators don't have the integrity and backbone to stand up; instead they cower behind their degrees and positions while defying the laws and rules through deception and coercion. Not exactly the type of qualities we'd like to instill in our children. At least No Child Left Behind was an attempt to give some form of national standards with consequences. The late Ted Kennedy and George W Bush spearheaded this legislation, a bi-partisan effort. Why are educators always saying no to good ideas and any attempts at assigning consequences to actions. Come on all you educators and administrators with all the degrees on your walls, come up with a better plan to replace No Child Left Behind instead of simply defying the laws and attempting to keep the status quo while sending your kids to other more expensive options that we the taxpayers provide through high salaries and benefits.

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