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Where, Oh, Where Has Education’s Honesty Gone?
By Patrick J Wilson   
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Last edited: Thursday, August 13, 2009
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Georgians know that the “NCLB” law isn’t working. It wasn’t working when we had a republican in office, and the law isn’t working under our current administration either.

"I'm very concerned. We are cooperating fully and will make every effort to provide all the information requested by the investigators," Howard Mann (Glynn County Interim Superintendent) said after learning that an elementary school in his district -- Burroughs-Molette Elementary -- is under scrutiny because four teachers, at that school, helped 15 students achieve a lofty score on their fifth-grade retake of the state-annual standardized test, the CRCT.

Unsuspectingly to those 15 students, the four elementary school teachers changed erroneous answers to accurate ones. Certainly, those teachers thought they got away with an innocuous yet seamless crime, but they were mistaken; conversely, they’re still getting paid even though they are suspended. Why?

Credibly, the inquiry the community needs to solicit: Do we want educators teaching our children that cheating is the honest way to go when the chips are down? This behavior puts a sinister blemish on every educator throughout the world. Although Glynn county citizens should feel infuriated over the school district’s latest faux pas, the first, of course, being the firing of former Superintendent Dr. Bull, I believe the community’s rage shouldn’t be exclusively aimed at those instructors.

Even so, if those teachers did their crime, they need to do their time: Fire them! They knew right from wrong-- period! The problem with firing those four, of course, won’t resolve the quandary. Consequently, those in charge of them should be fired as well. Let’s face it folks: “No Child Left Behind” is causing school districts throughout the state to stoop to the same level as the four teachers at Burroughs- Molette.

Georgians know that the “NCLB” law isn’t working. It wasn’t working when we had a republican in office, and the law isn’t working under our current administration either. Ultimately, citizens should ask themselves as they drive their children to school this fall -- Are political agendas in Washington more important than the next generation of republicans or democrats? If that be our case, don’t blame anyone else but ourselves when our future president can’t read, write, or calculate. Let’s teach him or her how to cheat in the election. Heck, it seems to work for the Iranians, does it not?

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