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12 Worst Education Moments in 2011

By joslyngray |

There were some great moments in education in 2011. Anti-bullying legislation was proposed in a bipartisan bill, and medical research gave new insight into special needs education. The greatest moments, of course, were the millions of teaching moments across the country, in schools and in homes.

Teachers faced lay-offs, pay freezes, budget crunches, higher class sizes, and paying for supplies out of their own pockets. Under intense scrutiny and more pressure than ever (standardized test scores, anyone?), teachers poured their hearts and souls into educating our kids, and we’re grateful.  Their hard work makes it even more infuriating when these bad apples spoil the bunch.

Here, then, are the worst education moments in 2011.

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12 Worst Education Moments of 2011

1. Cheating Scandals Spread Across U.S.

In July, a wave of cheating scandals was unearthed, beginning with nearly 180 Atlanta educators being accused of participating in cheating on standardized tests. As the year progressed, investigations began in schools in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and Waterbury, Conn. At least 20 students in Long Island, NY, have been charged with cheating on SAT and ACT tests by paying someone to take the test for them.
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What are you hoping will change in education for 2012?

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6 thoughts on “12 Worst Education Moments in 2011

  1. Maureen says:

    Well written! I’m grateful for the teachers my kids have……even the ones I am not totally thrilled with clearly intend to do well for the kids…..

  2. Manjari says:

    Christie Wilt should have been fired. 8 hours of training is a very light consequence for bullying and emotionally abusing a child.

  3. Becca says:

    I am SO ashamed now for living in Katy TX.

  4. Hugh says:

    I thought the worst moment was when “No Child Left Behind” was actually thought to be a good thing, which has only benefitted companies that make “standardised” tests

  5. Tom says:

    So I guess cheating on the SAT is far worse than young boys being molested. That isn’t quite the order I would have chosen.

    The continued foot dragging on NCLB in 2011 has to be somewhere. Democrats cry that it is hurting kids and Republicans cry that it is government intrusion into local matters. Now that we have an issue that they both agree is bad, they manage to do absolutely nothing to stop it from hurting kids.

  6. Brandon Cornwell says:

    Oh my god. As the father of two autistic children… I am appalled and horrified at that actions of the Texas Autism teachers. Did they even have to do any sort of training or special education when they were allowed to teach these extremely particular and sensitive children?

    I would be in prison from my reaction to them.

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