Our Scandal-Wracked Society

 

Recently the news regaled us with the lurid stories of our revered baseball sports figures and the means they used to get multi-million dollar contracts and high batting averages…  

they cheated by filling up with muscle-building drugs. Whatever happened to the “Role Model” mindset that the baseball greats of my youth demonstrated?  And of course these revelations bring questions to mind about football, hockey, tennis, golf and all the rest.

The news outlets also picked up on another major scandal recently. Another role model destroyed in Georgia—and this one is a whole not closer to the kids!

(CNN) — The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools was among the educators who surrendered to authorities Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury in a cheating scandal that rocked the district and drew national attention.

Beverly Hall resigned from her position in 2011 after a state investigation into large, unexplained test score gains in some Atlanta schools. She has denied any role in the cheating scandal.

A Fulton County grand jury last week indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. They were ordered to turn themselves in by Tuesday, District Attorney Paul Howard said.

By 10:00 p.m., 27 of 35 educators had turned themselves in at the Fulton County Jail to face charges including racketeering, theft by taking and making false statements about their roles in an alleged plot to falsify students’ standardized tests. Eight of them had been released on bond late Tuesday, the Fulton County Sheriff’s office said.

In 2009, Hall was named the National Superintendent of the Year by the Schools Superintendents Association, which at the time said her “leadership has turned Atlanta into a model of urban school reform.”

What message does this activity send to our classrooms? Cheating is a way of life!

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