There is an article in the local paper today that caught my eye. It is about certain school districts cheating on their children’s tests scores. It starts off talking about the Atlanta, school district. The article makes mention of how teachers would change the answers on the cards the kids turn in to make them correct. In other words, if a child guesses wrong on a multiple choice question. For the record these are the penciled in answer sheets. The teacher will go in and fix it to make it look like they got it right. This is done solely to make the teacher and the district look good. It has nothing to do with caring about the child. Some of the teachers have come out and said there was undue pressure from the top. The article mentions fear of intimidation, and retaliation. In the words of the article it prompted the teachers to covertly give kids the answers on standardized tests, and change the the wrong answers. At least we knew about the mafia, and the drug cartels. Now you have to wonder how many children were given grades and passed onto bigger and better institutions that shouldn’t have been. By the way, for those of you that are actually paying attention. The article does mention other states besides Georgia. The District of Columbia for example apparently found 103 public schools with high amounts of erasure marks on tests. It also mentions six other states including California, Florida, and Ohio. In the article it mentions the 130 Detroit public schools that have been closed since 2005 due to low test scores. I guess the teachers there didn’t cheat. Is that how we reward honesty?!?! It makes you wonder how many other districts are doing this. Even more important, how many children have been given GPAs of 3.0 or better that probably should have gotten 2.0 or less? Not that I want to put anything above the importance of our children. What does this do to the corporate structure we are trying to keep in this country? It seems to me that it is possible that a large percentage of the people running America’s top companies may have been the benefactors of this same scheme. In other words how do we know they really earned it. In closing this rant I would like to thank all those educators that cheated. Yes that’s right I would like to thank them for stabbing us in the back. We trusted you with the education of our children and all you thought about was your own self-esteem, and personal gain!!! Well, I guess I should add a post script to my rant. In all fairness it does mention that certain districts such as Baltimore MD, that have been cracking down on this problem. However, it says that due to the crack down test scores have dropped. This prompts a question. Do we blame the greater security for the lower test scores (because you people know we want to place the blame somewhere, while holding no accountability ourselves), or do we actually start to question the teaching methods and the people entrusted with the education of our children???