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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 23, 2011

"The amazing thing that emerges as a result of the CRCT fiasco is that the guilty teachers and administrators possessed the intelligence to change the wrong answers to right ones."

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Comments

Spike 2 years, 8 months ago

What a shame. The Albany Herald was doing so well at bringing light to the issue but then the SOTD which is arguably the most read portion of the paper selects a squawk that makes light of the situation with a stupid insult that spins more insults rather than action. COME ON GUYS!!! Be consistent and make a difference. I'll bet there were plenty of squawks submitted that could have been selected that didn't dumb down the issue........

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waltspecht 2 years, 8 months ago

I believe you need to lighten up some. It is funny.

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Spike 2 years, 8 months ago

You are probably right BUT you have to admit the state of our education system here isn't a joke anymore. I probably would laugh about it if it was someone elses home. (Sad but true)

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 8 months ago

This is a cheap shot. The teachers in the DCSS all have at least one degree from a college or university, and passed a certification test in their subject area. No one talks about all of the academic successes, including the gifted classes at every school, or the AP classes at the high school level. This happens because of the "highly qualified" teachers of the DCSS!

NCLB isn't concerned with challenging most of the students, just raising the bar for low-achieving students. These low-achieving students are more likely to be absent and come from homes that do not promote academic success, making the jobs of the teachers difficult.

All of the consequences of not making AYP fall of the schools, not the students or parents. 25 teachers out of 1,070 made a bad decision regarding the CRCT. I'm not excusing their actions, and do not expect them to be in a classroom much longer, though no one should be questioning their teaching skills.

Having an inexperienced superintendent, or dishonest board members has nothing to do with what is happening in the classrooms. Please stop bashing the large majority of the DCSS teachers who are honest, hard-working professionals.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 8 months ago

There are good teachers within the system and we must NOT forget that fact. Not all of them are guilty of cheating.

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rock 2 years, 8 months ago

Yes there are some realyy good teachers in the DCSS,but as with any criminal action you are guilty by association until you have been exonerated. Remember, the report states there are many more guilty, but time did not permit investigations into all. When the chaff is seperated we may see the good. Operative word MAY.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 8 months ago

Guilty until proven innocent? Really?

It wasn't time that prevented further investigation, it was a lack of evidence or testimony to include more teachers. Mr. Edwards suspects that there might not be enough evidence to charge all of the teachers with a crime, and in some cases, it may not be enough to terminate employment, or remove teaching credentials. What then?

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bubbavet 2 years, 8 months ago

YOU PEOPLE LIVE IN A DREAM WORLD. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 8 months ago

I can't find where you've ever made an intelligent comment, just insults. Please enlighten us with your wisdom, Bubba.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

They dont need to be intelligent... they have the answer key. (I'm just being funny, so dont get your panties in a twist!)

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beartrap 2 years, 8 months ago

Lost in all the uproar about teachers cheating is the primary reason why we are in this situation.'No child left behind" sounds great but the reality is that we are forcing our educators to do the impossible...They are trying to teach a disproportionate share of kids with low I.Q's who are not capable of learning much beyond rudimentary educational skills.Couple that with little or no help from parents,a dysfunctional home life and you've created impossible goals for the teachers or kids to achieve..

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