I’m sure those of you that follow education have seen reports of cheating in DC, Atlanta, Florida and now possibly New Jersey. I’m not sure these will be the last reports we hear, either. A lot of the blame is falling on the teachers, even as principals and administrators are being implicated.
As a former teacher, I’m really conflicted. On one hand, teachers should have stood up for their professionalism, their students and their belief in our education system instead of participating in or condoning the cheating. On the other hand, many of the teachers in Atlanta are saying they were threatened with losing their jobs if they didn’t participate, and I think we can all recognize how hard it is to be the whistleblower. Especially in a time when it’s hard for teachers to find and keep jobs. Teachers are human, they worry about feeding their families and paying their bills just like the rest of us.
I thought I’d open up a discussion with you smart ladies (and gentlemen!). What do you think of these scandals? Why do you think they happened in the first place? What do you think should happen as a result, and to prevent it from happening again?
How would you feel if you found out your child’s school, or the neighborhood school nearest to you, was involved in a cheating scandal?