Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The DOE Continues To Deny, Delay, And Defend Academic Fraud.
According to Chalkbeat, Chancellor Carmen Farina has appointed a (yawn) task force to investigate the "credit recovery" programs that is now responsible for an astounding 50% of all credits students received at one school. This task force is supposed to identify schools who abuse the "credit recovery" programs (more yawns) and refer the more egregious cases to SCI (even more yawns). Interestingly, enforcing the rules will be the staff members at the new Borough Support Centers, many of them worked for the now disbanded "Children First Networks" who aided and abetted schools in awarding the "easy credits" to artificially improve the graduation rates. It's like the fox guarding the chicken coop!
Jame Eterno, Chapter Leader extraordinaire, stated it best in the ICEUFT blog by saying the following:
"The goal of education today is to graduate the students, not to educate them in too many instances".
This is exactly what the DOE is doing presently. It's not about educating the student but to graduate them, regardless if they are academically prepared for the adult world. Will the task force end up to be what is really needed? A truth commission? or will it be simply a sham that will hide the abuses in the "credit recovery" program? I bet my pension on the latter.
The DOE policy is to delay, deny, and defend administrators who pressure teachers to pass as many students as possible through scholarship (>85% passing), pressure, threats, and the use of "easy credits" that required little or no work. Remember what Chancellor Farina said about the John Dewey cheating scandal? The bottom line as James Eterno pointed out:
"Manipulating numbers is the inevitable result of tying teacher and principal ratings to student performance. Many students are not interested in school and when they find out educators will take the blame if they fail, they play the game to their advantage".
To me the Chancellor's new task force is simply a public relations ploy by the DOE to take the pressure off them to truly reform the abusive "credit recovery" system and the bogus graduation rate that sees over 78% of them needed remediation if they even bother to apply to college. Academic fraud is alive and well in the New York City public schools, be it Bloomberg or De Blasio as Mayor and the real losers are the students who are handed worthless diplomas while unable to academically survive in the real world like obtaining and keeping a good job or succeeding in college.
In the DOE its "Childern last.....Always".