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Student SAT Cheating Results in Criminal Charges – Politician And Educator Cheating Not So Much


Now, I am in no way condoning cheating, but I did not realize that people who cheat on the SAT can be charged criminally.  We have politicians who cheat all the time and are never charged with anything.  We have teachers and public school district leaders who have been exposed as massive cheaters and are not criminally charged.  When star student athletes are charged with cheating, how often are they arrested?

Ted Kennedy pretty much did the same thing as the kids in the story below.  While at Harvard, Kennedy paid a classmate to take a Spanish exam for him and  though he was caught, he lived on to become “The Lyin’ of the Senate.”  I do not recall authorities leading him or his “proxy” out in handcuffs.  Also, we have a goodly amount of tax cheats currently serving in our government with little or no repercussions. 

I am not saying it’s alright to cheat;  it’s immoral and unfair.  What I am asking is this:  Why charge the geeks?  Why are geeks held to a higher standard than say those who have a professional and ethical responsibility to  keep corruption out of our schools and government?

As an aside, I find it interesting that the test taking cheater, Sam Eshaghoff,  did all this for a “gym membership?”  Huh?  I guess he is what we call “book smart” because if he were ”real-time”  smart he would have realized that a gym membership is nothing more than a prison sentence itself.

CHALLENGE QUESTION - see if you can find the misspelled word in the excerpt from the L.A. Times article below!  And don’t even think about cheating with spell check!  Geesh, haven’t you learned anything from this story!?!?!?


From The LA Times

He was allegedly paid to take college entrance exams for six students from a top-rated Long Island high school, and now Sam Eshaghoff, 19, is facing criminal charges that carry a sentence of up to four years in jail.

Eshaghoff and the six students from Great Neck North High School were arrested Tuesday morning by investigators for the Nassau County District Attorney. Eshaghoff is charged with scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and criminal impersonation; the six students, whose names are being withheld because of their ages, face misdemeanor charges and were arraigned in a closed courtroom.

They left without comment and with coats draped over their heads, according to the Associated Press.

Eshaghoff, who prosecutors say used the money he raised as a test taker to pay for a gym membership, was led in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon into a Long Island courtroom, where he pleaded not guilty and was held on $1,000 bond or $500 bail. His mother left court without commenting.

Nassau County Dist. Atty. Kathleen Rice said in a statement that teachers at Great Neck North, considered one of the best schools in the nation, had heard rumors earlier this year that someone using fraudulent identification was taking the college entrance tests for students.

Adminstrators reviewed records of students who had taken the SAT at schools other than Great Neck North, where proctors wouldn’t know them. The administrators picked up on a pattern of large discrepancies between the SAT scores and the academic performance of the six students who have been charged.

read more at the L.A. Times

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