I blog a bit less prolifically than the USG spends, though principally on the same deficit basis. My deficit is to time and energy, theirs to the limitations of wealth extraction from the white middle class. Though as a result, the blog suffers continual story backlog with no relief available beyond an Unz subsidized sinecure. I’m inclined to make assignments to our miniature stable of competent commenters, though compensation may be too modest to incentivize anything beyond inebriated shitposting.
So in an effort to clear the docket we’ll attempt a weekend flurry of brief burst-blogging. Enjoy the succotash.
Atlanta public schools cheating scandal
No corruption left behind. That would have been a more candid description of GWB’s aptly ridiculous legislation. Because it created untenable conditions for unscrupulous educators (granting broad license to the latter term). If a society is going to advance forward a lone millimeter then some children are going to be ‘left behind.’ That is because some are natively incapable of absorbing more than rudimentary information. You advance beyond their confining limitations or you rot in them. This being a bland concept almost certainly digestible by Australopithecus, though not apparently by modern gluten-free liberals and respectocons. And so we legislate a motivational battery of sticks and carrots for teaching housecats to solve Rubik’s cubes. And when they blink back up at us uncomprehendingly, punitive measures are deployed against their instructors. So let’s try to imagine what response this system might incentivize. Here’s my guess: Our cats solved every cube!
ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.
The defendants, including teachers, a principal and other administrators, were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
“This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever,” said University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson. “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.
Liberals have an uncanny sub-conscious detection facility for locating ‘good schools.’ This invariably leading them to ones peopled by whites and asians. And they are correct. It’s simply remarkable how often the best teachers don’t have black and amerind students. And when they do experince an infusion of these constructs, their pedagogic talents invariably wane. By this measure, the black Atlanta defendants were very poor teachers indeed. So poor in fact that they saw artificial inflation as the only recourse to their own failures.
If only they had just taught more proficiently their urban charges would have mastered chemistry and calculus. Perhaps even to the extent of securing racial preference slots at a white-funded university. Alas they did not teach so well, and their students scored poorly as a result. Though I’ll wager their talents could be resuscitated in a suburban ‘good school.’
Do you know any liberals who could find us one to test the theory?