One in five of Georgia’s elementary and middle schools has been red flagged on suspicion of cheating on standardized tests. Lots of erased wrong answers were changed to correct ones, which regulators say points to teachers or administrators tampering with answer sheets. Out of the 27 schools flagged, 21 are in the Atlanta district where they say more than half of the classes were involved?! The director of the Center for an Educated Georgia, Ben Scafidi, told the New York Times, “The amount of cheating is staggering…when you get even 5% of the classrooms that have cheating, you get the sense that there was orchestration from above.” No Child Left Behind ties school funding to test scores.
MOMism: ”Hold yourself to a higher standard.” Cheating is a big deal. We warn our kids against cheating because we want them to have integrity, a good work ethic and a strong sense of morality. MAMAs teach our KID-Os that cheating in any form – in school, on a lover, on their taxes, etc. – only cheats them out of self-respect and, in this case, an education. If teachers and administrators become the cheaters, then we have all failed our kids.
As moms, we implore our educators to hold themselves, and our children, to a higher standard, regardless if the system requires standardized testing or not. If the system is the problem, do not cheat the system, change it. Teach by example.
MAMAs, is the pressure of funding corrupting our education system? Have we set public schools up to for failure? Have teachers lost sight of the goal to educate our children? How do we ensure all of our schools make the grade?