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.