“I haven't read the Newsday article, but to suggest that teachers are cheating does not necessarily impugn their professional ethics as much as reveal the intense pressure placed on educators at every level by the standardized testing regime, especially when job security is linked to test scores. The reports of cheating I have seen are more about school cultures of pressure and fear than an indictment of teachers.”
Dignity24601 on Jun 3, 2013 at 01:49:13
“How can that be that "cheating does not necessarily impugn their professional ethics". You could say that some teachers cheating does not reflect the reality of the ethics of the majority. However, these teachers cheated on the tests not for the benefit of the students, but for their own personal benefit. In fact, by cheating, they were robbing the students of the opportunity to have their plight recognized and appropriate remedial action taken.
The only teachers that are stressed about the tests are those who are under performing.”