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Wrong Answer
New Yorker, by Rachel Aviv

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/14/2014 9:13:21 AM

One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 7/14/2014 9:26:14 AM     (No. 9923500)

We incentivized the cheating, so that´s what we got, all across Atlanta, and in many other large minority centers. We need a disincentive... like prison time and permanent loss of teaching credentials.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 7/14/2014 10:12:08 AM     (No. 9923594)

If you read this article, you´ll get some insight into what a complete disaster the "no child left behind" program was and is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: trapper, 7/14/2014 10:15:54 AM     (No. 9923603)

Holy smoke. Must Read.

If Obamacare is Sovietizing healthcare, Bush´s No Child Left Behind Sovietized American public education.

Remember the story about the manager of the Soviet shoe factory who, in order to meet the annual cost and production goals set in Moscow, produced only size 7 left shoes?

Anyone here ever work on an assembly line? Imagine a law made in Washington that automatically sped up the line each year 3% faster than the previous year - indefinitely. How long before you crack? How about teachers and administrators who must meet 3% annual increases in test scores over the previous years? NCLB is destroying American public education.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 7/14/2014 10:37:28 AM     (No. 9923645)

Such a tragic story. I see this as more of an indictment of the lefts war on the inner city family than No Child Left Behind. Most of these kids aren´t ready for school and then the system just passes them along. If moms smoking crack she isn´t reading with her child.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/14/2014 10:48:01 AM     (No. 9923674)

The Amish are notorious for this sort of behavior.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 7/14/2014 11:22:18 AM     (No. 9923739)

When NCLB was proposed, conservatives still believed that liberals wanted the best for children -- especially minority kids. We were wrong. Liberals can´t exist without permanent victim classes, and a good education would raise too many minorities out of that permanent victim status.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Conradca, 7/14/2014 12:01:23 PM     (No. 9923808)

If you read the article you will see a corrupt, dishonest, failed teacher giving excuses for his crimes. Crimes that covered up his and his students failures to learn the basic knowledge and skills required to succeed. You will also see why the accountability required by No Child Left Behind is critical. It ends the systemic failure inherent in many educational institutions.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Conradca, 7/14/2014 12:13:43 PM     (No. 9923827)

NCLB adds desperately needed accountability to our public education. It puts a stop to the educators covering up their failure to teach our children. Many children graduate from high school without the ability to read, do math, knowledge of history and think analytically. This is a crime and the educators try to cover it up. That is what the teachers in this article were doing. The children that they pretended they were helping are the real victims of this crime. It makes me sick and these criminals deserve prison and should never teach again.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mathman, 7/14/2014 12:16:41 PM     (No. 9923835)

Unfortunately the failure is mandated. The promotion rules (strict age qualifications) require that students be promoted without mastery of the work of the previous year. To fail to promote a student because that student has not mastered the material is RACIST.
Further, teacher retention is based on passing at least 90% of one´s students.
Even further, the teacher cannot discipline students, as that is also RACIST.
So the students are out of luck.
In the old days you did not go to the next McGuffey until you finished the previous one, whether you were 8 or 18.
So cheating is the only option.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: DaddyO, 7/14/2014 12:30:33 PM     (No. 9923868)

They cheated because NCLB mandated that the kids LEARN or the school be shut down. The kids weren´t learning, the school should have been shut down and the kids moved to schools that were doing their jobs. The fact that teachers cheated and kids were permitted to graduate who didn´t deserve to justifies NCLB, in my opinion.

The alternative is keep shoveling money at schools who turn out graduates who can´t read. Imagine sending these kids to private schools with vouchers how much better their lives would be than to be an 18 year old functionally illiterate high school graduate.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mamafrog, 7/27/2014 5:28:42 AM     (No. 9941680)

The article is long and well worth reading. In discussions with teachers I know, I heard of similar situations in my city. The scary thing is that teachers who cheated were often promoted and are now guiding education in many schools.

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