It’s quite possible I’m the least surprised man in America about the cheating scandal in Atlanta, Georgia.
Educators would cheat on standardized tests?
Sure they would.
Why wouldn’t they?
The unrealistic goals.
The high-stakes game of testing we are forcing down our children’s throats.
This cheating scandal was bound to happen.
And it won’t be the last one.
Sooner or later it’s going to come out lots of schools have cut corners during testing.
Teachers and administrators aren’t any different than the rest of society.
From politicians to Tiger Woods, there are plenty of examples of people who are willing to cut corners to reach what they consider a worthy goal.
Newsflash… some even lie.
I would also add there are people who steal, but I don’t want to discourage you.
I wish it was different.
I wish the world we live in had higher standards, but it doesn’t.
We live in a short cut world.
A place where what’s good for me at this very moment trumps long-term integrity.
And sadly, it’s probably no different now than it was 50 years ago.
Or even a 1,000.
People are people.
And teachers and administrators are people.
So don’t be surprised a very small segment of educators got caught up in doing the wrong thing.
Because I’m not.
I’m also not surprised 99.99% of educators get up and go to school everyday and do the right thing.
And you shouldn’t be either.