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    I was checking out some yahoo news and wandered across this interesting article. I had read previously about the Atlanta teachers who were busted for cheating on the state standardized tests but I didn't know it was happening in my own state as well. Any doubts I had about pulling my girls from public school are now gone. This confirms that I have made the right decision considering the ps my children would have attended this upcoming year failed. I can only imagine what they would have gone through if they were to return in the fall. http://www.thenotebook.org/blog/1139...eating-teacher

    I feel bad for the particular teacher in this article. Her quote :“It’s easy to lose your moral compass when you are constantly being bullied.” It's a sad situation.
    4th year homeschooling mom to Julia (13) and Sarah (12).

    “Try not to have a good time...this is supposed to be educational.” ~Charles M Schulz

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    Yep, I feel sorry for teachers; they have a hard job.

    But I feel glad for you that you feel confirmed in your decision

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    i'm seriously losing faith for our country and our culture. Reminds me of why i dropped out and moved to the commune to start with . . . but really, it wasnt much better there. there were still bullies and rule-breakers
    Cara, homeschooling one
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    Yep, one thing you will never hear me to is bash teachers. Cheating is wrong but when your job is on the line and you have so little control over the results it's probably inevitable. I would love to see parents, students, and teachers unite in protesting high stakes testing. We need a good ole fashioned walk out, or sit-in.
    -Hampchick (aka Dawn)
    Eclectic homeschooler of EJ (8) and JD (5.5)
    I sometimes blog: Meandering Homeschool

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    I agree completely Dawn. The 2 teachers my DD 9 had last year did an incredible job with her this past year. She actually made some progress which will make my task easier this year. But when I would meet with them, you could see the stress they are under. Once I learned that the school had not met it's AYP for the year, I knew things could only get worse for the students and teachers. I prefer my children have no part of it. When they told me my DD 9 would be mainstreamed with no constant special education which she needs, I grew very concerned. Then, when I read that the school board had cut 240 educators from next years payroll, the deal was cinched. Better to keep them home! They are happier at home anyway and although there are days when I could rip my hair from my head, I enjoy every minute with them.
    4th year homeschooling mom to Julia (13) and Sarah (12).

    “Try not to have a good time...this is supposed to be educational.” ~Charles M Schulz

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    When I taught second grade many moons ago, we had an in house reading test that we gave to place kids for the following year in remedial reading. I found out after my first year or two that the other teachers were "helping" the kids along a bit. It really wasn't cheating, but it was assistence that probably wasn't all that kosher either. I think the reasoning was that the questions the kids were asking had nothing to do with the actual skills the test was testing for. As a result, because I didn't know about the "assistence, " my scores were lower and I looked like I didn't know what I was doing.
    Jessica (Me 46), Chris (husband, 46), Maddy (daughter 10,) Owen (son 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hampchick View Post
    Yep, one thing you will never hear me to is bash teachers. Cheating is wrong but when your job is on the line and you have so little control over the results it's probably inevitable. I would love to see parents, students, and teachers unite in protesting high stakes testing. We need a good ole fashioned walk out, or sit-in.
    Completely agree here, this is about the only thing that could work in getting the powers that be to see some sense.
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