When the Atlanta story broke, I knew it was only the tip of the cheating iceberg. My teacher husband was routinely told by his principal, in an offer-he-can't-refuse tone of voice, "I know you'll 'help' Jose, since he's a senior football player, and he needs to pass.' Same corruption, less fanfare. My husband retired early. But when government mandates like N.C.L.B. mete out draconian punishments for low student performance, which is sometimes the school's fault, sometimes the parents' fault, and sometimes a product of students' aggressive apathy, the ethical, good teachers will leave the profession, and the lackadaisical administrators and teachers will become unethical.