Education Update: Teacher Corruption
Report Item 1:
11 Teachers Found Guilty in Biggest Cheating Scandal in U.S. History
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. ~Oliver Wendell Homes
Here is your teacher Union legacy. This is what happens when you let government schools have control.
Check it out:
Atlanta cheating scandal teachers go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students’ test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves
- The 11 teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering after a five-year investigation
- Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools across the Atlanta school system, with nearly 180 educators involved
- A racketeering charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and most of the defendants will be sentenced on April 8
- The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some student’s scores were statistically improbable
- Prosecutors said the educators were guaranteed bonuses by inflating scores, while improving the poor reputation of their school system
- Superintendent Beverly Hall , the alleged ringleader who received up to $500,000 in payouts , died of breast cancer as the scandal went to trial
- One principal would wear gloves to erase answers and write in new ones
In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.
The defendants – including teachers, a principal and other administrators – were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system.
The educators fed answers to students or erased and changed the answers on tests after they were turned in to secure promotions or up to $5,000 each in bonuses, the court was told.
However the person accused of benefiting the most from the conspiracy, Superintendent Beverly Hall – who is thought to have received up to $500,000 in bonus payouts – died of breast cancer over the course of the trial.
Report item 2: Common Core Warning
Communism survivor: Common Core looks scary familiar
‘Do you want your kids to be test machines and cheap workers for corporations?’
A mother of three who came to America because of its reputation as a “shining city on a hill” is pleading with her state lawmakers to flee Common Core any way they can, calling it nothing less than the “communist core” she endured while growing up in China.
“Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the communist core I once saw in China,” Lily Tang Williams told the Colorado state Board of Education recently.
“I grew up under Mao’s regime, and we had the communist-dominated education – nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum and nationalized indoctrination.”
Her testimony was reported by PJMedia, which said she warned against comparing test scores of American children with Chinese students.
“I am telling you, Chinese children are not trained to be independent thinkers,” she said. “They are trained to be massive skilled workers for corporations. And they have no idea what happened in Tiananmen Square in 1989 where government ordered soldiers to shoot its own 1,000 students.”
She wrote about the issue in a commentary posted by the tea-party group Freedomworks.
“We were told to chant everyday in the government run public schools, ‘Long Live Chairman Mao. Long Live Communist Party.’ We were required to write in our [diaries] every day and turn them in for teachers to review. In the [diaries], we were supposed to confess our incorrect thoughts to Mao or do self- criticism, or report anything bad we heard or saw from other students, family, and friends,” she wrote.
“We would memorize Mao’s quotations and recite them aloud during class. For school fun activities, we would dress up as Chinese minority people in their costumes to sing and dance, thanking Mao and the Communist Party [for] saving them from poverty.
“Mao was like a god to me. I would see him rising from the stove fire or talking to me from the clouds,” she said.
In school, she said, teachers had to comply “with all the curriculum and testing requirements, or lose their jobs forever.”
“Parents had no choice at all when it came to what we learned in school.”
And the government would use the various registration procedures to “keep track of its citizens from birth to death.”
Photos were on file, she said, accompanied by details on age, gender, parents, jobs, political class, religion, siblings, home address, grades, awards, punishments, “politically incorrect speeches” and more.
“It was shared by all the government agencies and employers.”
To obtain permission to travel to America, she said, she had to “sign a paper to promise to return to my job.”
“Even though I finally broke the tracking of Chinese government of me by coming to America, I still feel, sometimes, that I am haunted by my file,” she said, explaining today it is “somewhere in a local security or police office.”
“The worst, I fear, is that Common Core could be used by the government and corporations to do data collection and data mining on our children. What else could come to take away more of our rights and privacy? Our freedom is very precious and we must fight to keep it. Without freedom, you are just a slave, no matter how much money you have. Trust me to say this because I have lived under tyranny before and will never want to live in it again,” she said.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/communism-survivor-common-core-looks-scary-familiar/#eblPW3vG27JgBJIp.99