Conflicts of Interest

by Robert Pondiscio
August 3rd, 2010

Which is worse, asks A-Rus at This Week in Education:  cheating or plagiarism?  This after yesterday’s NY Times story on allegedly fungible definitions of plagiarism and an apparent vindication of Atlanta’s schools in the “Erase to the Top” scandal.

Just wondering:  Has the pressure on schools and teachers to measure up fundamentally changed the dynamic of cheating?  In a gentler age, cheating was how you put one over on the teacher.  Now, the teacher theoretically benefits from cheating as much as the student.  Maybe even more.

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  1. Since the title of this post is “Conflicts of Interest” and it talks of Atlanta Public Schools being largely cleared, it’s probably a good idea to point out that there has been a great deal of concern in Atlanta and Georgia that this report was a whitewash. There were apparently extensive political and financial ties between the members and the school district.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2010/08/05/did-expediency-blot-out-the-evidence-in-blue-ribbon-probe-of-crct-cheating-in-aps-and-will-the-state-object/

    is a link to some of the followup reporting.

    Since the school district super is on a list to be congressionally confirmed to the IES Board, what really happened is not just a local story.

    Are the instructional methods and textbooks that were actually not working well in Atlanta about to go national via IES funding?

    Comment by Student of History — August 5, 2010 @ 9:04 am

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