If a student cheats on an important test, such as a midterm, he is punished, and rightly so. His teacher doesn't merely brush aside the offense and blame it on all the stressful and unnecessary high-stakes tests that today's unfortunate students are required to take.
Yet every time an educator is caught in a test-cheating scandal, the teachers union response is as predictable as 2 plus 2: Of course cheating is wrong, but what else can we expect when policymakers stress achievement on standardized tests and especially when, as in this case, there were financial bonuses attached to higher scores?
It happened again Tuesday, as Atlanta educators surrendered to authorities after being indicted in the nation's biggest and most blatant example of systemic cheating. Close to 200 teachers and principals in the Atlanta schools admitted to fixing students' incorrect answers and other wrongdoing; the indictment names 35 people, including the former superintendent of schools.