I earned a BS in Biology/Chem and earned a Washington State Teacher's certificate and then taught a third of a century. Absolutely nothing in classes for the teacher's certificate were of help. My first few years of teaching I leaned upon the advice of older teachers. By the third year I figured out how to teach by myself.
Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One teacher told...
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