How Public Schools Lie To Parents And Betray Our Children

Written by Joel Turtel

Underrepparttar "No Child Left Behind Act," public schools whose students consistently fail standardized tests can now be shut down. To protect their jobs, teachers and principals are now under intense pressure to cheat — to fudge test scores and report cards to fool parents and school administrators.

How do public schools deceive parents? Joel Turtel, author ofrepparttar 145934 new book, "Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie to Parents and Betray Our Children," lists some ofrepparttar 145935 ways public schools can “cheat”:

1. Poor students are excluded or discouraged from takingrepparttar 145936 tests.

2. Teachers assign tests as homework or teach test items in class.

3. Test security is minimal or even nonexistent.

4. Students are allowed more time than prescribed by test regulations.

5. Unrealistic, highly improbable improvements from test to test are not audited or investigated.

6. Teachers and administrators are not punished for flagrant violations of test procedures.

7. Test results are reported in ways that exaggerate achievement levels. (from Myron Lieberman's book, "Public Education: An Autopsy")

In December 1999, a special investigation of New York City schools revealed that two principals and dozens of teachers and assistant teachers were helping students cheat on standardized math and reading tests.

Andrew J. Coulson, in his brilliant book, "Market Education: The Unknown History," cites an example of how public schools deliberately lie to parents about their children’s academic abilities:

“Consistently greeted by A’s and B’s on their children’s report cards,repparttar 145937 parents of Zavala Elementary School had been lulled into complacency, believing that bothrepparttar 145938 school and its students were performing well. In fact, Zavala was one ofrepparttar 145939 worst schools inrepparttar 145940 district, and its students ranked nearrepparttar 145941 bottom on statewide standardized tests. When a new principal took overrepparttar 145942 helm and requested thatrepparttar 145943 statewide scores be read out at a PTA meeting, parents were dismayed by their children’s abysmal showing, and furious with teachers and school officials for misleading them with inflated grades.”

In 1992,repparttar 145944 scholarly journal Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice publishedrepparttar 145945 results of a national survey about teacher cheating. Janie Hall and Paul Kleine,repparttar 145946 authors ofrepparttar 145947 report, asked 2256 public-school teachers, principals, superintendents, and testing supervisors if their colleagues cheated on tests. Forty-four percent of those questioned answered yes. Also, 55 percent ofrepparttar 145948 teachers surveyed said they were aware that many of their fellow teachers changed students' answers, taught specific parts of tests prior torepparttar 145949 tests, and gave students hints during tests. Today,repparttar 145950 pressure for teachers and principals to cheat is even greater because ofrepparttar 145951 No Child Left Behind Act.

Ben Franklin And Thomas Jefferson Never Went To Public School

Written by Joel Turtel

Most of our Founding Fathers, including Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, like most average colonial Americans, spent few years, if any, in formal grammar schools ofrepparttar day, yet they knew how to read and write well.

Most voluntary local grammar schools expected parents to teach their children to read and write before they started school. Most colonial parents apparently had no trouble teaching their children these skills.

At least ten of our presidents were home-schooled. James Madison’s mother taught him to read and write. John Quincy Adams was educated at home until he was twelve years old. At age fourteen, he entered Harvard. Abraham Lincoln, except for fifty weeks in a grammar school, learned at home from books he borrowed. He learned law by reading law books, and became an apprentice to a practicing lawyer in Illinois.

Other great Americans were similarly educated. John Rutledge, a chief justice ofrepparttar 145933 Supreme Court, was taught at home by his father until he was eleven years old. Patrick Henry, one our great Founding Fathers andrepparttar 145934 governor of colonial Virginia, learned English grammar,repparttar 145935 Bible, history, French, Latin, Greek, andrepparttar 145936 classics from his father.

Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, and Florence Nightingale were all taught at home by their mothers or fathers. John Jay was one ofrepparttar 145937 authors ofrepparttar 145938 Federalist Papers, a chief Justice ofrepparttar 145939 Supreme Court, and a governor of New York. His mother taught him reading, grammar, and Latin before he was eight years old. John Marshall, our first Supreme Court Chief Justice, was home-schooled by his father until age fourteen. Robert E. Lee, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, George Patton, and Douglas MacArthur were also educated at home. Booker T. Washington, helped by his mother, taught himself to read by using Noah Webster’s Blue Back Speller.

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