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July 11th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Perry's Principles: A look at the massive Atlanta cheating scandal

Last week, educators from Atlanta's school district were caught in a massive cheating scandal. Investigators exposed that for almost a decade, teachers erased and corrected students' answers on tests in an effort to boost their school's state standardized test scores.

An investigative report by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's office found that over 78% of Atlanta public schools that were part of the investigation were found to be cheating.

Investigators also confirmed that 178 educators, including 38 principals, were involved and that the superintendent "either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in the Atlanta public school system."

Steve Perry, CNN education contributor, joins Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss how this cheating scandal played out and how it was able to go on for nearly ten years.

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  1. Jesus

    Wow!!! I don't understand how teachers and principals can do this to children. I know you want to survive, not only in this economy, but in this day and age of no child left behind, but to rob children of the satisfaction of knowing that they learned something is beyond me. This certainly puts a bad taste in my mouth and there are so many reasons why these things are happening :

    1) Now that schools have to abide by standardized tests, teachers have been shackled and unable to teach children creative and thinking skills that are necessary for proper development and faster learning.

    2) Children need to be processed like computers are put together in a factory. They must learn math and science as theses are the only 2 things that matter now. Forget about social studies, forget about humanities, forget about art and music. This is a sad time for our children.

    3) It seems most teachers nowadays either can't motivate children to learn and think or they are not good teachers, period. It is a skill that is acquired over time by analysis of your own teaching methods. If a teacher is unable to critique themselves then all hope is lost.

    4) Parents should do more with their children and encourage learning. Schools can only go so far. Also be part of your child's education. You deserve that much for paying so much taxes to education.

    5) Society as a whole has failed in this regard as teachers are not looked up to by students and in most cases are not regarded with respect. Should teachers have the same respect rights as police officers? I don't know but this is one of many reasons why American schools are failing.

    6) Last, but not least is the children themselves. If parents can't teach children to respect elders what makes anyone think they'll respect a teacher.

    I'm not going to endorse this group though and hope that they all get fired and teaching licenses revoked.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:28 am |