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  1. I’m glad this story has come to light; I hadn’t heard of it until today.

    So why wasn’t this story covered better?

    I’m not sure the reason is race.

    “Dog bites man” is what I’m inclined to believe; sadly, variations of this story are simply too common to be “news.”

    Cheating is endemic in our primary educational system, in school districts encompassing all socioeconomic levels and every mixture of ethnic groups.

    Primary school systems have many incentives to ignore cheating. Here are three:

    (1) The teaching applicants who cheat boost the available teacher pool, easing pressure on payroll costs for school districts (fewer years in service = lower pay scale);

    (2) The students who cheat (and the teachers who “correct” their students’ answers and otherwise cheat for them) boost the NCLB-related scores of the class, its school, and its district, with kudos and funding following;

    (3) Honest teachers and administrators reporting lower (genuine) achievement of their students, because of their lower scores, jeopardize funding and certification for their schools and districts as well as their own careers.

    As one (honest) teacher put it, “On test day, my whole career hangs on one day in the life of the children I’m teaching.” That’s a lot of pressure for the most honest among us, let alone those whose resistance to temptation is not so strong.

    Comment by CW — November 26, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

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