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Philadelphia English teacher explains why she helped students cheat

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The teacher, who remains anonymous in the story, says she began to help her students cheat because she worried their self-esteem was crushed by taking tests they were in no way academically prepared for. If a student asked a question during one of the eight yearly testing periods, she would help him or her find the right answer, or occasionally just point to it on the exam.

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Comment by David Jackson
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    Does anyone think that the teacher's motives were less than righteous? Is it at all possible that the purpose of facilitating the cheating was to look good on the occaision of a future "peer review" or government witch hunt?

    Point of fact: The reason classwork and tests are scored is to discover how much of the course content has been learned. Unfortunately, students who have screwed-off  aren't likely to do well; this is something of a telling tale; there is no reason that some inattentive little twit should be given an ego boost and passing grade for doing nothing...Why not just give everyone a passing  grade and take them let them play video games?

    The teacher should be fired! The government should get the hell as far away from the educational system as possible. Parents (mostly) and teachers should be allowed to do whatever it takes to teach effectively. Teachers should be hired and retained based on their credentials and the tests they can pass. Students who disrupt classes or refuse to do the work ought to feel bad - They never do; trust me! (It's about time the pious minions of education instituted "remedial detention", placing those students who refuse to function in programs that they can't get out of until they exhibit a reasonable level of profeciency or turn 18.

   Bad teachers should never be given a certification of any kind, let alone a teaching job!


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