Cheating: It’s Not Just for Students, Anymore

Have you ever cheated on an academic exam? On second thought, don’t tell me: I wouldn’t know whether to believe you or not.

Remember last year when we found out that hundreds of teachers and superintendents had colluded to help students cheat? That was pretty bad, wasn’t it?

Now, it would appear that we’ve another cheating scandal that’s been uncovered. The difference? This time, it pertains to teachers who cheated on exams (by having others pretend to be them) to get their teaching certificates.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds — if not thousands — of public school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.

“Students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors” are seen as having been sold a bill of goods. I agree. It is a serious problem when students are taught by unqualified instructors, no matter whether the teachers have passed a test or not. In fact, that is why teacher tenure should be done away with. The article notes that these teachers cheated their way into the classroom over the last 15 years. How much would you like to wager that a number of the teachers now have tenure? And that regardless of the way in which they got the jobs, their unions will fight like anything to keep the teachers in positions which were gained by lies?