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“The Cheating Scandal!” Isn’t Cheating a Choice?

The original post was written in July 2011. Here we are in 2013, faced  with anothercheating scandal, and people are going to jail. Is there another way?


I read an article by Jay Matthews of  The Washington Post the other day, “Easing Test Pressure Won’t Save Kids”, and it went along with something I had been thinking about ever since “The Cheating Scandals” broke. I don’t agree with everything he had to say in his article, but there was one element that struck me. Is cheating acceptable because of the enormous pressure put on teachers, principals, and superintendents?  Is it alright to excuse, justify, or rationalize cheating, because of the intense pressure put on schools due to standardized testing? READ MORE…

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