So many of my Liberal friends and family explain away all manner of law-breaking and dishonesty by Barack Obama and politicians like him by telling me that “everybody ignores the Constitution” and “all presidents lie”, etc. etc.
I try to point out that they insult their own intelligence when they abdicate higher brain functions such as telling the difference between this and that, and I try to remind them their logic, if followed a few more steps forward, leads to a kind of anarchy in which no one is held accountable for anything because “everybody” does “everything”.
Anyway, a judge in Atlanta has just scored a victory for those who believe that cheating is wrong and worthy of jail time in this particular case:
All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal “the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town.”
Well now, that is a rather clear statement in favor of standards, and thank god that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter had the guts to make it.
What happened in Georgia was this <Yahoo News, link>:
A state investigation found that as far back as 2005, educators from the 50,000-student Atlanta school system fed answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation.
In 2013, 35 educators were indicted on charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Many pleaded guilty before the trial, and some testified at the monthslong trial. The jury acquitted one of the 12 former educators who went to trial and convicted the other 11 of racketeering.
And so I really am curious, in today’s America, how those who excuse, for example, Barack Obama’s lawlessness on several fronts, react to this news in Atlanta?
Do they think to themselves “That’s weird — everybody cheats, so why punish those poor people? Aren’t they the same as the rest of us?”