Former Atlanta Educators Jailed in Test Cheating Scandal

Kate Brumback, AP, April 2, 2015

A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in jail Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

In one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals of its kind, the 11 defendants were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their roles in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.

They include teachers, a principal and other administrators, who were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta public school system. {snip}

The racketeering charges carry up to 20 years in prison. The convicted former educators are set to be sentenced later this month.

“This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever,” University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson said. “It has to send a message to educators here and broadly across the nation. Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.”

A state investigation found that as far back as 2005, educators fed answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation.

Similar cheating scandals have erupted in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Nevada and other public school systems around the country in recent years, as officials link scores to school funding and staff bonuses and vow to close schools that perform poorly.

Thirty-five Atlanta educators in all were indicted in 2013 on charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Many pleaded guilty, and some testified at the trial.

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Over objections from the defendants’ attorneys, Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter ordered all but one of those convicted immediately jailed while they await sentencing. They were led out of court in handcuffs.

“They are convicted felons as far as I’m concerned,” Baxter said, later adding, “They have made their bed and they’re going to have to lie in it.”

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Prosecutors said the 12 on trial were looking out for themselves rather than the children’s education. Defense attorneys accused prosecutors of overreaching in charging the educators under racketeering laws usually employed against organized crime.

The attorneys for some of the defendants said they will appeal.

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  • superlloyd

    No mention of the fact that they were criminal blacks cheating on behalf of younger, dumb blacks.

    • Charles Martel

      They did narrow the non Asian minority achievement gap more than anyone else. It was people looking to duplicate their effort that lead to them being caught

  • RacialRay

    I suppose its safe to say, then, that the yawning chasm that exists between white and black student achievement is probably considerably greater than we even know.

    • Charles Martel

      I am pretty sure some of us know.

  • Luca

    Too bad they don’t show the mug shots which I am sure would look like a casting call for a new Tarzan movie.

    • lily-white

      ..

      • Mergatroyd

        So it appears the Atlanta school district does not practice diversity.

      • Luca

        Ah yes, Diversity is our strength. Looks more like applicants at the welfare office then a line-up of educators.

        • Katherine McChesney

          and the DMV.

  • Get ready to downvote this, because I know this isn’t going to be popular.

    Legally, this prosecution was the right thing to do.

    Morally, not so much.

    I don’t think there’s a teacher or admin in the country of any race who wouldn’t have done this. Think about it — Your job status, tenure, pay, the overall funding for your school, is heavily dependent on your students’ standardized test scores. And, as one of these now convicted ex-teachers said, as an exact quote, their black students were (and presumably still are) “dumb as hell.”

    Even our very own Bon from the Land of Babble, the most moral and ethical teacher that this world has ever seen, would be very tempted to cheat.

    • LexiconD1

      There is a big difference between being tempted, and actually doing. These people did. THEY failed the kids, not alone, but they still failed them.

      • In the old days, blacks failed school. Here in the new modern progressive era of social justice, schools fail blacks.

        • LexiconD1

          Exactly.

        • Charles Martel

          Even top silicone valley schools fail blacks and Hispanics. There seems to be no explanation

          • John Smith

            *silicon

          • InAFreeCountry

            I thought he was talking about San Fernando Valley, where they make all the porn.

        • Oil Can Harry

          And don’t get me started on all the tricks colleges pull so their star athletes can get passing grades. That’s been going on for at least half a century.

          • John Smith

            UNC particularly so.

      • John Smith

        But these kids are pretty much doomed to failure, irrespective and regardless, unless they can magically acquire an extra 15-20 IQ points.

    • Hilis Hatki

      Makes sense, most of everything in society is a big sham.

      • John Smith

        Exactly. Nothing drove this home for me quite like taking a tax prep course with H&R Schlock and realizing most of the hurdles people deal with in life are prisons we let our bureaucrats, lawyers/politicians and intellectuals create for us.

    • baldowl

      Just goes to show how much mendacity it takes to keep afloat the illusion that negroes are intellectually competitive with other races. To make them appear on par with even the commonly intelligent, you’ve got to break the rules.

      • LHathaway

        “Just goes to show how much mendacity it takes to keep afloat the illusion that negroes are intellectually competitive with other races”.

        Since, like the fictional worlds portrayed on The Outer Limits TV show, ‘they control everything we see and hear’ and one might add ‘everyone who is hired’, that won’t be a difficult illusion to project.

    • Oil Can Harry

      QD I posted something similar here last year. These teachers should lose their jobs and pensions but sending them to prison for 20 years is lunacy.

      • Alden

        I agree and the racketeering charge is heinous RICO was written to destroy the mafia and organized crime.

        Where are Sharpton and the rest if the race hustlers?
        Defending the likes of Mike Brown.

      • They were cheating for money: taxpayers’ money. Government jobs were supposed to be easy for them; they just had to play “dress-up” and go pretend to work each day. Very few things are actually easy. Because they cheated us, we have the absolute right to take them down a notch for it.

        • John Smith

          Twenty is ridiculous though, since rapists and murderers often don’t even get that much.

          • I got 36 months on 41, and 36 more with a free, but mandatory head-shrinker. I was held on paper for almost an extra six months due to unanswered questions about my old gun collection. The last time they did anything was December 2011. I was arrested for a county warrant issued by mistake (Judge Ackley apologized), and the BATF trashed my house and my friend’s gun lockers. They need to pay for the two of the latter to be replaced and three to be repaired.

          • John Smith

            What PC did they claim to be able to raid your friend? He’s obviously going to have to sue to get the money – cops seldom pay for their JBT behaviors, even when clearly in the wrong.

          • They actually contacted him and wanted to check his collection to make certain my old guns were there. He waited, and they never showed up. They went to the federal judge in Denver that day (Thursday, December 10, 2011) to get a warrant instead.

            I still do not know exactly what led to their interest in me.

          • John Smith

            So he does have your old guns and you sold them to him before being sent away?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      I worked in a black school for nine long years of hell.

      I have never been tempted to cheat on state tests; it is unthinkable to me.

      All I could think of was how to GTF out.

      • Maybe so, but it has only been very recently that the National Anthem of American public education has been:

        “Test scores test scores uber alles.”

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          It’s been that way since NCLB – implemented in 2001 – that is what ushered in the era of massive testing – and a reward/punishment system for teachers and schools – especially administrators whose jobs live and die on test scores.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Hence, they teach to the test. Very different than when you and I were going through school. The most dreaded thing in elementary school was the “Social Science Fair” where each student had to make a project, which obviously had nothing to do with working or studying toward a test of any kind. It was a self-directed project, with parents help and input of course, but the actual work had to be the students. Each grade had the top three winners, and awards and the winners from each school went to the county social science fair. I bet schools don’t do this type of thing anymore.

          • John Smith

            Probably only elite, wealthy private schools and upper-middle class public districts. I know Westinghouse (now Intel) still offers science prizes and promotes talent search fairs.

          • carriewhite64

            If that actually worked, I would be sort of OK with teaching to the test. At least maybe some things would be learned in the process. But even that does not move test scores on a school-wide scale. The only real-world practical thing that works is cheating.

          • carriewhite64

            Meant to reply to Hathaway. Sorry.

      • Ed

        For many of these black teachers this is as good as it gets for them. They probably won;t be able to make as much money at other jobs. Besides you were raised better.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          I wouldn’t call on any of these “educators” to tutor my child. I don’t have a degree in “Education” but I sure as heck could do a better job imparting knowledge to my own children than these cheaters.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Long gone are the days of the “old school” teachers who had the social standing rivaling that of doctors, clergymen, firemen, or a company CEO. I think back to elementary school teachers who dressed up in their “Sunday best”, made you do drill and repetition till you got it, called your parents for a conference if you were caught sending a paper airplane across the classroom.

        • John Smith

          I’m not sure this country ever had that tradition to the extent Germany and other European countries did.

          • Olorin

            Of course in Finland, they are educating Finns. Not Diversivibrants.

        • Atheist Realist

          couldn’t it be part of a “brain drain”. A lot of the people who would have been teachers 60 years ago are now MBAs, JDs, PHDs etc,

      • Alden

        Were you constantly urged and harassed to cheat on tests or was LA Unified content with truthful results back then?
        It is bizzare how they insist on valid tests for public schools but ignore SATs in college admission and eliminated most employment aptitude tests on the grounds that blacks failed them because the tests were invalid for blacks.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Fortunately, no, although I am aware of a lot of cheating that is going on around me.

          I know of only two ways a tenured teacher can have his license revoked: Moral turpitude and cheating on state or federal tests.

      • John Smith

        Maybe if you were black, you’d think of it as a racial obligation to do so, in addition to the job benefits?

    • Charles Martel

      Them cheating is a better alternative than dumbing down the courses to drag Asian/white kids down.

      • LexiconD1

        I’m sure they did a LOT of that too.

        • Mergatroyd

          “They” didn’t do it, “your” government did.

    • Lexonaut

      “I don’t think there’s a teacher or admin in the country of any race who wouldn’t have done this.”

      —————————

      Unfortunately you’re probably right. However, from the perspective of age 71 I assure you that this has not always been the case.

      When I was a kid at a certain sleepover camp one summer, my counselor was Albert Shanker, who was in the process of founding the National Teacher’s Union. Hindsight shows that this one largely unknown man was single-handedly responsible for a tremendous amount of damage done to the nation.

      • Mergatroyd

        Not as much as the Frankfurt School of Social Research, Boas, Zinn, Alinsky or Freud. Shanker was aligned with them and promoted their programs to destroy American society.

      • carriewhite64

        The widespread practice of mainstreaming also greatly damaged regular classroom instruction.

    • Speedy Steve

      But instead of retirement they get 3 hots and a cot at taxpayers’ expense. Potato, potahto.

    • Alden

      I agree. I might not have done it after my kids were out of high school but if I were the sole support of my children I would have done it
      I was really surprised at the prosecution This kind of thing goes on in every more than 20 percent black workplace Usually nothing happens

    • Thank God I only ever taught university chemistry lab classes. I quite enjoyed that, and would do it for a living even now. When one really connects with the students, it is a great feeling. At that point, one knows one has made a difference. Some of them were lazy, and some were genuine go-getters. Even some of the lazy ones trying to skate through became fairly good once they started paying attention. I loved laboratory chemistry almost as much as I loved shooting, reloading and case-forming, and always taught my students to know what was going on well enough to save a failed reaction experiment. Teaching at CU Boulder and UNSW Sydney were the two most enjoyable jobs I’ve had in my entire life; I looked forward to it each day.

      Now I have a machine shop in my basement and welding gear in my garage. I wish I hadn’t screwed up and gotten myself in trouble, as I miss that, but I sure did. I made some quick reference cards for speeds for my metal-cutting bandsaw and 18 TPI blades for that today, turned out a replacement crossbow stock (pine tends to crack with 300-pound draw-weights) and did a lot of cooking.

      Today was a good, good day.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      Make thieves and then punish them…

      How much pressure educators are under to falsify results probably varies from school to school.

    • carriewhite64

      I don’t think that I agree that every teacher would have cheated. The point is that tying teacher tenure, status, pay, and even the job itself to black students’ test scores is guaranteed failure and humiliation for the teacher who is the victim of this practice.

  • connorhus

    What’s sad is they had to cheat just to keep the bell curve difference from growing. I bet it would actually be off the graph if it wasn’t for padding the test scores.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Much like unemployment figures.

  • chuck_2012

    I think school funding is tied to performance of the students. If they do not succeed then funding is withdrawn? The 1 Standard Deviation is difficult to eliminate and the students by themselves do not have the smarts to do it. Cheating is the norm now.

    • Alden

      School funding is tied to how many get free breakfast and lunch

  • De Doc

    Well heck! How are Jontavious and Latrina supposed to pass their exams now?

  • Xerxes22

    You can thank George W. Bush for that one. His brother Jeb may be even dumber with his support for Common Core.

    • Strider73

      Bush and Ted “Brain Cancer” Kennedy co-conspired to create NCLB. The latter is facing the music in hell as we speak.

  • You cannot make someone learn – especially if they have no interest in doing so.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      You cannot make someone learn – especially if they do not have the cranial capacity to do so.

      • I don’t expect most blacks to perform like a Herman Cain. Blacks could better themselves if they had more ambition than getting their next freak on, their high on, being “cool”, or looking beyond basketball or rap.

        • Whitetrashgang

          I think you are describing Herman to a T, thanks for playing.

    • carriewhite64

      And you cannot make people accept what you offer if they do not want it.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some test scores were statistically improbable.

    This is the sorry result of government-mandated Cultural Marxism that insists we believe a fantasy that IQ is meaningless and all students have the same exact potential to achieve – and any non-White failure to achieve is due to White racism and oppression.

    Expecting those on the left-hand side of the Bell Curve to be educated past a rudimentary level is not “improbable”; it’s impossible.

    I’m sure the Atlanta 11 will blame lack of funding, the White judge, White flight and racism as the cause of the cheating scandal. The judge himself has already said the educators showed no remorse and denied any wrongdoing.

    BANG: “Guilty as Charged! You are remanded into immediate custody! Cuff ’em and get ’em out of my courtroom!”

    NEXT!

    • Spikeygrrl

      Not a White face in the crowd. Go figure.

      • Blackfish

        Except the judge. A “teachable moment” if ever there was one!

      • HE2

        Exactly my thoughts. Are there any White people at all in Atlanta? Even the LEOs in the top photo are colored.
        I will not fly Delta at all anymore, as it is based in Atlanta. One assumes they must hire only negro maintenance crews.
        No thanks.

  • Mack0

    I have personally seen this kind of cheating first hand. Students were “guided’ by teachers through proficiency tests. I would wager my life savings this kind of chicanery occurs in 98% of black schools.

    • HE2

      I will wager right along with you. It makes sense that most black schools would need to falsify students’ scores. With a few notable exceptions, they are basically unteachable.
      Remember a couple years ago the “racist scandal” of a black hootchie mama going ape when her son’s name was called for his diploma resulting in her being escorted out of the ceremony by the police?
      This, in spite of letters being sent home ahead of time advising audience quiet until all students had rec’d their diplomas.
      Though he was called to the dais, it turns out the boy did not really receive a diploma, as he could not complete the course work, and I believe it.
      Attempting to read out the letter explaining the arrest of his mother, he stumbled over the text, unable to pronounce most of the words. It would be generous to say he was reading at a third grade level. My five year old could do better.
      Of course black administrators cheat; they have to or lose their jobs.

  • Charles Martel

    It is far better for this to happen than to allow Common Core to drag down Asians & whites. Math that can be done in ones head now requires over 80 steps, by teaching the way math is taught in Haiti because black/brown could never do math in their head.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Common Core is a nightmare indeed – a whole curriculum dreamed up by someone who has never taught school, full of theory, conjecture and opinion – based on social justice, equality of outcome, global warming and destroying White America.

      If the kids doesn’t get it – drug ’em! (wish I were kidding, I’m not).

      Look at some of these assignments:

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Pure idiocy, Common Core. Foreign Language instruction is another colossal joke. Look on Youtube sometime some of the university French or Spanish classes; they resemble playtime more than serious attempt to educate.

      • Susannah

        I have two sons in elementary school, and I cannot adequately express my intense loathing of Common Core. I’m absolutely apoplectic regarding this nonsensical garbage.

        • Spikeygrrl

          GET THEM OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

          If money is an issue, there are more private school academic scholarships out there than most parents realize.

      • convairXF92

        Reminds me of some ’60’s “new math” where little kids were introduced to subtraction by means of equivalence classes (as utilized in college-level abstract algebra). I think it went like this: (4,3) and (7,6) were in one equivalence class, (8,4) and (10,6) were in another, and you could so define “all” the equivalence classes.

        Like, if you didn’t know the concept of subtraction already, *before* you saw this stuff, it wouldn’t make sense.

        I was lucky enough to not encounter this “method” until I saw it in someone else’s high-school textbook. In high school one has (presumably) been subtracting for years, so not all so bad.

        • Rhialto

          The Newmath also featured non-decimal based arithmetic, supposedly this was to prepare the students for the new computer age that they would be living in. Parents were strongly advised not to try to help the students with the Newmath as it was beyond their comprehension.

          A coworker in my programming group had a discussion with his daughter’s teach about Newmath. He explained that the only people who used non-decimal bases were programmers and digital designers, and the only bases that they used were 8 & 16. Using a computer did not require Newmath. Furthermore programmers could learn the Newmath that they needed in 15 minutes.

          The teach said that it would enhance the students incite into arithmetical processes.

          • I still often use hexidecimal (base-16), and everyone I know thinks I’m crazy. What is A7 multiplied by C44? I wish I didn’t know. I won’t teach my daughter that.

        • Alden

          I heard they had to abandon new math because everybody failed.
          Turned out they failed because the parents did not know math
          It seems that it is parents not the schools who have taught their children math all these years

          • Mergatroyd

            New math was designed to make kids dumb. Dumb people are far easier to control than smart people. Looks like “new math” is making a comeback.

        • My mother was a teacher until she became very pregnant with me, and she taught me. Evidently, a married lady wasn’t supposed to be a mammal back in late 1965. One of my hobbies in federal prison, many years later was working out a way to generate arbitrarily large prime numbers. I had a lot of time at my disposal.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          My dad taught math(s) and physics at a university – he took one look at “new” math and said he not only couldn’t figure it out, he couldn’t understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to teach math in such a convoluted way.

          • My own ex-father was a university physics professor. I still take joy in the winter of 1989-2000. He was in Hawaii, and he not fixed the bathroom window latch. We had daytime highs of about -5F that month, The window blew open, and the pipes froze and broke. The house was flooded, and then all the water froze. He broke his leg slipping and falling on the driveway. He had given me an address in Paris, but no keys, I received a package for him, but the place was empty, so I saved the parcel. I was there in that storm, but there was no honest way inside.

          • how about this

            Did you explain to him that it was the product of people who lacked any insight into the shortcomings of their own kind and were desperately making things up in an effort to deny the obvious?

      • Eight plus five is 13 and never 10.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          And don’t let anyone, ever tell you otherwise.

          Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

          — George Orwell, 1984

        • Spikeygrrl

          The “then add 3” is squashed so far down in the corner that it’s hard to read, espesh on a smartphone or phablet.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        Okay, I’m utterly BAFFLED by the first image. This teacher literally told a child that 8+5 add up to 10. Somehow. That poor kid must think they’re going insane.

        But…the rest of the images…plus the examples of “Common Core math” I have found through Google…

        It’s maybe not how I would write it down (although, actually, some of how it is written looks very close to what I would write), but the “logic” of it looks familiar to me. That’s basically how I do math, certainly if I have to do it in my head. The “normal” way has always been something I fell behind in being able to do without remedial help, but I learned to mentally work through problems in the way the pictures show. This is what I do because my brain essentially shorts out on remembering how to do things “normally,” or (if I’m trying to do it in my head) because I’m unable to hold numbers well in my head (and lose track of what I’m doing), or because I can never remember basic math facts like what 17-9 would be, etc.

        I’m guessing everyone else’s confusion as to how this works means you guys don’t think like this?

        To be honest, I’ve always tried to hide that I think through math like this, because it’s embarrassing and shameful. I don’t want everyone else – who can just do a subtraction problem the way they were taught – to think I’m bloody stupid! I used to erase even my scratch papers from math tests out of horror that anyone (including the teacher) would see my solutions and realize I was dumb…

        On another site, someone noted that they got their dyscalculic neighbour to help their child with their math homework. I find that interesting…dyscalculia runs in my family, and apparently this method makes sense to dyscalculics (or people outrageously bad at math, like me), but no one else.

        So Common Core math is teaching children to solve math problems AS IF they had a math disability?

        That’s just bizarre.

        • Spikeygrrl

          Not to fret, I think through math that way too. Without that impediment I would blow the roof off IQ tests instead of scoring 160 +/- 3

          • 李冠毅

            From what I’ve read, 160 IS the highest possible score on IQ tests. Scores over 160 are not accurate, like for example, if your score is 175, that does not mean you are 1 standard deviation more intelligent than someone who score is 160, it just means your score is higher than 160 by an unknown amount.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            They start extrapolating your scores above the ceiling of the test. But it’s true, the extrapolations get less and less accurate the higher you go.

            There were some hi-Q societies in the West that were trying to develop properly normed tests for those 130+ that would measure it accurately. Don’t know how that project is going.

          • Spikeygrrl

            Respectfully, you are misinformed. I lived for a couple of years with a man who tested at 180ish (crazy as the proverbial outhouse rat, but brilliant nonetheless), and for a dozen years corresponded frequently with International Mensa’s “World’s Smartest Man,” statistician/psychometrician Garth Zietsman, who tests somewhere north of 185. Both these men routinely passed me like I was standing still. 😀

          • Spikeygrrl

            In a minute here you’re going to see a reply from “Guest.” That’s me, Spikey. Methinks a hard reboot is in order. If that restores my signed-in status at Disqus but you don’t get the “Guest” post, I’ll just rewrite it.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            I now get that every time I leave a comment through the Disqus inbox, and not directly on the page. It nevertheless shows up under me when I go to AmRen to check it.

            I think it has something to do with Disqus changing things around their homepage.

          • Spikeygrrl

            My problem “autofixated” when I rebooted. This was the first (and hopefully last) tech issue I’ve ever had with Disqus.

        • Mergatroyd

          No, I don’t think like this, but I have no problem if you or others do. The problem is this “new new” math method, like “new” math before it is a one-size-fits-all design that forces everyone to solve problems in the exact same way.

          Brighter kids find ways to solve equations and math problems quickly and efficiently and will certainly be turned off if forced to use this new inefficient, tangled way of getting from problem to answer.

          Unfortunately, in today’s America, it is the bright children who are pushed to the side to suffer, or as Bon says, will be made to comply through pharmaceuticals.

          The government wants cattle, not independent thinkers lest we discover what they are really doing to us.

      • Copyright101

        Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5

        That is insane!

        • Mergatroyd

          Insanity has become reality, just as Orwell predicted.

      • Mergatroyd

        We would have never gone to the moon with that kind of gobble-de-gook math. Looks like we never will again if that’s how math is being taught.

      • Susan

        The government is always doing dystopian shiit such as this.

      • Susan

        What’s the point they’re attempting to teach with this exercise?

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          To obey the government.

          • I remember that first jpg. It’s staggering. Whoever came up with
            the problem “Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5” should be fired, but
            they won’t be because it wasn’t just that person, it was everyone else
            who approved it and used it centrally and then again in various locales.
            The problem makes no sense and asks for a nonsense answer and
            seemingly tells the student they’re wrong when the student responds that
            the problem itself is in error.

            As you say it’s about obedience,
            about submission to the state. I also think questions like that erode
            the student’s confidence and confuse them, about reality and about the
            instructor’s objectives, and it probably makes them more susceptible to
            believe whatever other nonsense they’re told in school, regardless of whether what they’re being told is fact or fiction.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Common Core is a tool used to dumb down the population, make them compliant – and further inflame non-Whites to hate, despise and loathe Whites. Yes, the usual culprits are behind Commie Core.

            Here are a couple of really scary things about Common Core:

            David Coleman is the architect of Common Core:

            He has never been a classroom teacher and wants to replace traditional subjects with broad learning. He believes there is “a massive social injustice in this country” and that education is “the engine of social justice.” His upbringing is certainly in line with this progressive mindset. His mother and greatest influence, Elizabeth Coleman, president of Bennington College in Vermont, is of the view that school curriculum should be designed to address “political-social challenges.” She emphasizes an “action-oriented curriculum” where “students continuously move outside the classroom to engage the world directly.” In short: indoctrination through propaganda in education as the vehicle for social transformation.

            She was a professor of humanities at the far left New School for Social Research, which was begun by progressives in 1932 and modeled itself after the neo-Marxist social theory of the Frankfurt School.

            Data Mining:

            Common Core will use a State Longitudinal Database System (SLDS) to track students.

            The information collected will including demographic, emotional, and psychological data. How will some of this data be collected? Students will be extensively questioned, while being observed by facial-monitoring equipment and by sensors strapped to their bodies. They will also be neuro-psychologically tested.

            What is called the “four parallel streams of affective sensors” will be employed to effectively “measure” each child. The “facial expression camera,” for instance, “is a device that can be used to detect emotion…. The camera captures facial expressions, and software on the laptop extracts geometric properties on faces.” Other devices, such as the “posture analysis seat,” “pressure mouse,” and “wireless skin conductance sensor,” which looks like a wide, black bracelet strapped to a child’s wrist, are all designed to collect “physiological response data from a biofeedback apparatus that measures blood volume, pulse, and galvanic skin response to examine student frustration.” So far, 24 states have agreed to a deal with the government to receive a $20 million grant in exchange for implementing such data mining.

            Students who don’t comply will be drugged.

  • TomIron361

    That’s what I keep telling our idiotic town council here in my small town – “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction” Sir Isaac Newton

  • MekongDelta69

    Blacks are corrupt?!

    Wow – Who knew?!

    • Katherine McChesney

      Now they’re commiting white collar crime.

      • MekongDelta69

        You mean black collar crime! 🙂

  • Ed

    I actually feel sorry for them, my understanding is that their jobs were on the line. If these kids didn’t show improvement they would be fired. One of the teachers said her students were stupid.

    • Speedy Steve

      Perhaps she was also a very stupid teacher.

      • John Smith

        Both. All parties involved were black.

      • Susan

        Oh, yes. They’re all affirmative action hires.

    • Susan

      This whole mess is about low IQ. The low IQ students are not intellectually capable of learning, and the teachers have fake degrees and aren’t capable of teaching anything. The entire system is an exercise in futility. Expecting the black students to pass tests that most of them don’t have the mental capacity to even read (the tests) is typical corrupt government at work. However, I don’t feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for productive taxpayers in the US who are forced at gun point to pay for this travesty.

  • Speedy Steve

    “Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.”

    Actually, it isn’t. We’ve been graduating illiterates since the 50s when Why Johnny Can’t Read was published. But self-esteem is at an all-time high.

    • Alden

      The federal civil service is full if blacks with BA and MA degrees who cannot read at a basic 4th grade level

      • Spikeygrrl

        I earned my second advanced degree in midlife, 20 years after the first one. What a difference!

        Part of our work in each course was to read and critique at least 3 of our classmates’ major papers. I quickly got to the point where I longed to gouge out my own eyes with a plastic spork. 4th-grade writing from M.A. students? REALLY???

        Here’s the kicker: almost all of my cohort were experienced K-12 TEACHERS earning this degree in order to become — wait for it — K-12 school PRINCIPALS!

        Jesus wept.

        • BlueSonicStreak

          I had a similar experience in school as you, Spikeygrrl. I had to mark other uni classmates…also 4th-grade level writing. I was horrified. If you gave someone a mark they complained about, you could be given the mark you gave THEM. So I ended up giving people marks for things like starting a new paragraph rather than letting the previous one run on…pure pity passes.

          Scary thing is, I live in a majority-white area, and this class was hardly majority non-white The people I was marking were probably white. That’s about the state of what we’re letting into university now.

          This was in a premed program, by the way.

          • Spikeygrrl

            Even scarier, where I “learned” math in K-8 was an elite prep school which, except for a very small number of “legacy” kids, was a giftie school in all but name. You had to be IQ tested before an admissions decision was made. After that, we were re-tested every year…but the results were sealed, especially from parents!

            In all my time there, there were only three non-white students: one second-generation East Indian, son of a medical doctor, and two Negroes: one the bright, very light-skinned daughter of the principal’s bright, very light-skinned secretary, the other… well, none of us ever did manage to figure out exactly why he was there. LOL!

          • I was put into advanced math classes when I was young, but it was all so intuitively obvious to me that I could never produce a proper proof. I was told that it was impossible to trisect an angle. It is possible, but my solution diverges when one departs from 90 degrees. I was 12 at the time. My only later, great feat was solving a difficult two-dimensional problem about a ladder being moved down a hallway and around a 90-degree corner. Assume the ladder is 22 feet long. Assume the hallway is 12 feet wide. How wide must the next hallway be in order for the ladder to fit around the corner?

            My friend Wally Judd and I worked on that in my mother’s kitchen, and ended up with a completely hideous algebraical expression. I thought about the matter for some weeks, and at archery class, thinking about the arrows in flight, the trigonometric substitution came to me. It was beautiful, and I felt as if I had been hit by lightning. Wally did it the hard way, and factored that f******g Godawful equation. I told my friend Bruce Biggs, who got some paper so I could write it down. He later majored in math.

          • Spikeygrrl

            Wow! I so respect that ability. I hope you’ve found a way to put it to good [read: lucrative] use.

          • A university degree is worth less than what a high school diploma once was.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Especially at Tennessee State University. I’m a witness to how dumb blacks are from attending that racist college. I worked with some until they stole from me.

      • bv

        Is that the gods honest truth or just a fib?

        • Mergatroyd

          Anyone who has to deal with so-called professionals knows it to be true. I am amazed at the low level of writing skills I see from college graduates, including those with postgraduate degrees.

        • Have you ever tried dealing with the manager at a post office? I was once at the office in downtown C.S. The line was huge, but instead of opening up another station, the black manager merely stood around looking confused. Evidently his only qualification for the position was being able to put on a suit, and I’ll bet anything you like that his necktie was a clip-on.

      • Speedy Steve

        Tell me about it. The immigrants from Africa with their phoney diplomas are as bad.

    • Susan

      Affirmative action at its finest. The entire Atlanta school system is a dysfunctional affirmative action disaster.

  • IKUredux

    The only way to address race in this country, is to acknowledge that Blacks are stupid. So, we make concessions for that. We allow them to play to their strengths. Putting them into positions they are not suitable, or, smart enough for, does nothing but make both races angry.

    If the Blacks in America are not willing to live here on their own abilities, without government help, then, they should be afforded a one way ticket to the African country that shows up most in their DNA.

    Enough is Enough.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I have seen no evidence that the Atlanta teachers were in jeopardy of losing their jobs if their students’ test scores did not improve.

    I believe the teachers who cheated were in it for the monetary reward.

    NCLB mandated a series of punishments including “final” corrective actions such as “firing” the entire staff from the failing school or closing it down – meaning the teachers are transferred to another school or forced to reapply to the school.

    Firing a tenured teacher is very very difficult; mostly firings happen due to moral turpitude OR cheating on state tests – in those cases, teachers unions do not protect teachers.

  • It’s only state time, and I’ll bet the 20 years cited is really just the statutory max. They’ll also be eligible for parole, unlike in the feds. Let’s suppose LaTrine Washington gets six years in state. On a non-violent offense, she’ll be at a camp, and will come up for parole after two years. She’ll probably do three.

    • Spikeygrrl

      “LaTrine.” ROTFLMMFAO!!!

    • Mergatroyd

      She’ll probably end up working for the Department of Education.

  • JohnEngelman

    No Child Left Behind had preposterously unrealistic goals. It encouraged cheating, while making teachers even more unwilling than previously to try to teach blacks and Hispanics.

  • John Smith

    The SAT is now like this, with the number of students getting perfect scores having increased over an order of magnitude from where it was for those of us who took the test before it was “re-centered” in the ’90s and eventually moved to the 2400 point scale.

  • Light from the East

    Fruit of Affirmative action !

  • Atheist Realist

    why is it against the law? Wouldn’t it be better to have a “made-for-TV” success story rather than results showing Atlanta students score “chance” on most questions?

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    It does not justify cheating. If it’s impossible, it needs to be said instead of ignored. But fear of losing a job is a poor excuse for violating the rules of that job.

  • carriewhite64

    Group learning at levels below high school is a destructive practice generally, and is not all that effective even for high school level. Students need to develop good habits on their own before group work can be an effective tool. If I were a principal, I would severely limit group work except for informal study groups at high school level.

  • BlueSonicStreak

    Group learning programs are distorted into arrangements that compel the abler students to devote time not to their own learning but to pulling up the less able.

    That is the entire POINT of group learning at any stage below university.

    As I was typically one of the most capable students in school, I was frequently loaded into groups with academic boat anchors so that I could do their work for them. On a few occasions, I actually got lower marks than my less capable cohortians because they were “exceeding expectations” (based on the work I did for them) and I was “failing to live up to my potential” (same quality of work, obviously – I did it all!).

    As I live in a majority-white area, that was usually other white students who were low performers, and the occasional Asian student.

    But once, in theatre class, I was placed in a group with four BLACK students and one Hispanic. I could’t get them to do a single ounce of work, no matter how hard I begged, scolded, or reminded them we would flunk if we didn’t do some work. Since this wasn’t written work – we had to perform a play – I couldn’t just do it for them. They had to participate, and they wouldn’t. We had nothing ready by the time of the performance.

    THAT time, the teacher pulled me aside and baldly admitted she had put me with them to function as some sort of academic herding dog. She apologized for putting me in that position, and gave me a chance to perform a private monologue for her for the mark instead. She was a classy lady, and I forgive her the mistake.

  • Lexonaut

    I should have guessed that Shanker and Allen were friends. He was actually a nice guy, quite mild mannered which, I suppose, is the point of Allen’s line that you quoted.

  • Exactly.

  • Vyncennt

    After giving it some thought, I can’t say I blame these teachers, regardless of their actual level of competence.

    It is impossible to teach my dog to translate Sumerian texts. If forced to do so, I’d simply tell you I did.