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    U.S. TEACHERS (not the students) Caught cheating.

    Eleven Atlanta teachers in mass cheating scandal

    Tabeeka Jordan, a former school administrator, is led away in handcuffs after a jury found her guilty on 1 April 2015
    A former assistant principal is led away in handcuffs after a jury found her guilty
    Eleven former school teachers have been convicted for their involvement in a scheme to falsify student test scores.
    They changed wrong answers to demonstrate student progress, and some received performance-related bonuses.
    The scheme was revealed after a local paper reported that some of the scores were statistically unlikely.
    Eleven were guilty of racketeering and face lengthy prison terms, with a 12th acquitted, in one of the biggest ever cheating scandals in the US.
    Thirty-five people were originally charged in 2013, with many pleading guilty and some testifying at the trial. Scores more were implicated.
    "The cheating had been going on so long, we considered it part of our jobs," Jackie Parks, a former teacher who was a witness for the prosecution, told the New York Times in 2013.
    The school system's superintendent, Beverly Hall, died last month of breast cancer, and never appeared at the trial after arguing she was too sick.
    Beverly Hall
    Hall maintained her innocence
    She insisted that she was innocent, but many accused her of pressuring the teachers to show improvements in scores which would unlock greater federal funding.
    Eleven Atlanta teachers in mass cheating scandal - BBC News

    There really is something wrong when Teachers get performance related bonuses and high scores translate to more federal funding.

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    Been happening for years, documented by the Freakonomics authors.

    Handcuffs are a bit over the top.

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    Happened to me at Otago Uni NZ.

    Submitted papers and trays of evidences interfered with in one paper, scoring me a B instead of an A-.
    Awarded a 86% mark in a paper, it was then scribbled over to 68%, a B- instead of a B+ (by head of dept) after the visiting Mexican (Mayan studies prof. from U of Yucatan) had gone back to Mexico.

    So appeals against the blatant illegal alteration of marks could not be made easily, it would have entailed accusing head of dept and uni of misconduct and fraud, so ending my uni career at the time.

    There's a helluva lot of dirty practices going on at uni, a cloistered fraternity of politically, financially and status motivated wannabees, other than genuine researchers and scholars.

    A political hotbed, allways

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    You are a Kiwi? I thought you're a Pom.

    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    There's a helluva lot of dirty practices going on at uni, a cloistered fraternity of politically, financially and status motivated wannabees, other than genuine researchers and scholars.
    Your usual broad brush gets a bit silly at times, ENT . . . My wife is a Uni prof who couldn't care less about fraternities, politics or status. She left the bar (not the drinks bar) to get away from that.
    We have several uni prof friends and none are like you describe

    You used to be far less aggressive -did something go wrong lately?

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    ^I've got a brother who stayed in the Bar, but prefers to take lap dances from his students for grades at the Uni he's often at as a director of sorts...He couldn't qualify as a real human, so he became a lawyer.

    P.S. ENT's absolutely right on the numbers, but unfortunately I cannot green him...Next time mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OckerRocker View Post
    You are a Kiwi? I thought you're a Pom.

    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    There's a helluva lot of dirty practices going on at uni, a cloistered fraternity of politically, financially and status motivated wannabees, other than genuine researchers and scholars.
    Your usual broad brush gets a bit silly at times, ENT . . . My wife is a Uni prof who couldn't care less about fraternities, politics or status. She left the bar (not the drinks bar) to get away from that.
    We have several uni prof friends and none are like you describe
    Different departments, different policies, and in anthropology/archaeology of contentious claims to pre-historic rights and land claims, I can assure you that politics rules.

    Anybody researching and publishing findings from pre-history (or anything, really) outside the square of the current university brief, or hold views contra to dictum is destined to be blocked and hassled until they drop their projects.

    The paymasters contract unis to promote or research what they want, freedom of expression is not allowed until you do your Phd. Until then, follow the course and shut up.

    Quote like a parrot and get your honours, and keep brown nosing along with the status quo.

    Your wife might not care for, nor be involved in any politics or status seeking as a prof, nor your uni friends, but I'll bet they weren't in Anthropology/Archaeology, where current theories re. human history are trashed for new ones, and old Phds turn purple faced in apoplectic fury at the merest challenge to their thesis that got them where they are.

    New theories are regularly attacked, as are old rejected ones that are suddenly found viable through finding supporting artifact, DNA etc.

    In the quiet halls of the faculty of Law, debate's allowed, encouraged, as in Philosophy, but no debate is tolerated in anthropology, it's too locked up in government restriction to access of information, too politically sensitive.

    And that's how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    I'll bet they weren't in Anthropology/Archaeology
    Correct, they aren't.

    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    no debate is tolerated in anthropology
    I can only take your word for that - no reason to not believe you.

    When I was at Uni one of my majors was Industrial Relations . . . and the politics were rife as hell in that atmosphere, so I do know that it is the case . . . but not in all faculties, is the point I was trying to make.

    So, you're a Kiwi?

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    Residentially so.

    Agree, not all faculties are as uptight as Anth.

    Bloody feminists and gheys rule there these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Been happening for years, documented by the Freakonomics authors.

    Handcuffs are a bit over the top.
    The handcuffs were for accepting incentive money for the fake higher scores under false circumstances, not directly for cheating or being lousy teachers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    ^I've got a brother who stayed in the Bar, but prefers to take lap dances from his students for grades at the Uni he's often at as a director of sorts...He couldn't qualify as a real human, so he became a lawyer.

    P.S. ENT's absolutely right on the numbers, but unfortunately I cannot green him...Next time mate!
    He has my pity, never hated anything so much in my life. I wasn't psychologically fit to be a lawyer, I'm not a psychopath.

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    Hmm....blacks....once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Been happening for years, documented by the Freakonomics authors.

    Handcuffs are a bit over the top.
    The handcuffs were for accepting incentive money for the fake higher scores under false circumstances, not directly for cheating or being lousy teachers.
    And he was me thinking that handcuffs were supposed to be a law enforcement tool, not a punishment, silly me.

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