Friday, May 4, 2007

Cheating and the PISD's Glass House

I had mentioned in an earlier posting that the PISD should tackle cheating head-on. I had in mind involving parents to give a firm message to our children: "I do not cheat at work and I expect you to not cheat at school."

I did not get that explict in the previous post for brevity, but I did wonder how many parents in Plano do cheat at work, and maybe steal also. I wondered what can of worms might be here in Plano.

Then a Plano citizen told me something I did not know: that the Plano Board of Trustees named a Plano elementary school after a convicted felon.

I was surprised. I've lived in Plano for 14 years and had not heard that. I googled the man's name plus the keyword "felon" and I found multiple hits on the internet that this man was a convicted felon and got a pardon from President George W. Bush in February 2004. The school was dedicated on September 29, 2005. The Board knew what it was doing.

How can the Plano Board of Trustees tell students not to cheat on tests when they honor a man who was sent to prison for cheating in business?

You've heard the expression, if you live in a glass house, don't throw stones. Has the Board built a glass house?

Can the Board talk to students about integrity with this shadow hanging over them?


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