I am also absolutely dumbfounded that the Glod family would sue the school to remove the failing grade from her transcript and appalled at the attempt to justify why. They claim that because our teacher used old tests in class, we were invited to cheat. This is absurd. This argument is the same as saying that because girls wear short skirts, they are inviting rapists, or that because humans are mortal, they invite murder.
I have had the opportunity to cheat many times throughout my ESA career, yet I never have. If we were driven to cheating by the use of old tests, then why did I not cheat? Because I know better.
Attacking Dr. Arthur White for using the same tests is completely out of line. He is the embodiment of everything for which that school stands. Unlike most history teachers, he almost never needs to refer to textbooks to answer our questions. His grasp of the subject material is greater than I ever thought possible. I learned more about life sitting in his class for 45 minutes a day than anything else I have experienced. I am a better person for having taken his class. He reused tests because he completely trusted us, but that trust was broken by the students who willfully cheated. Neither our teacher nor the school invited the transgression. The family supposedly suffered from, "extreme humiliation, damage to reputation, and severe mental and emotional distress," but so has ESA and its students.
The family says the daughter's college prospects are damaged because of the failing grade on her transcript. The grade is part of the punishment for cheating in the class. Had she done the honorable thing and not cheat, she never would have risked causing trouble for herself and others. Honor is the most important value ESA teaches us, and she failed by cheating. She is simply being held responsible for her actions. Our actions can have unforeseen consequences, so we should ideally try to do the right thing all the time. This is a harsh reality present throughout life, and it is a tough lesson to learn.
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A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
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The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat” for his newfound embrace of Common Core educational standards.
An annual report evaluating Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of Medicaid lacked important financial information and presented rosy performance reviews not corroborated by data, according to a review released Monday.
Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.
A card-carrying member of Lafayette’s “tribe,” Milton “Spider” Guidry died over the weekend. IND music writer Nick Pittman remembers the character and the man.
As tensions continue to escalate in Ferguson, Mo., between law enforcement and residents protesting the shooting death of a local teen by police, we’re reminded of the peculiar circumstances surrounding the in-custody death earlier this year of a New Iberia man.
A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards.
Drew Brees walked up to the line of scrimmage early Sunday, taking a snap during the New Orleans Saints' pre-practice walk-through.
A state judge Friday refused a temporary injunction sought against state education officials in an effort to block implementation of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana.
UL was the consensus pick in a coaches' preseason poll to win the league, and experience has a lot to do with that.
The price tag has nearly doubled for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hiring of an outside consulting firm to recommend new ways to balance the state budget.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers.
Many people found not guilty by reason of insanity are being held in Louisiana jails, where they cannot get the treatment they need, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.
In a just-released audio recording, City Prosecutor Gary Haynes claims Mike Harson had direct dealings with the alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme in the DA’s office.
C-P councilmen sponsor a resolution in support of the notion that one should subscribe to Tea Party ideas about civics before being allowed to seek public office.
Russel Honoré, the retired U.S. Army general known for his role in restoring order to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and most recently for his involvement in the Green Army movement to stop environmental abuses of Louisiana, has now weighed in on the police response to protestors in Ferguson, Mo.
More than three dozen restaurants, bars, convenience stores and supermarkets in Lafayette Parish are facing fines in connection with the state office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control’s 2014 “Summer Crackdown.”
The grim news, delivered to the joint legislative budget committee, barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than six years of such disappointing financial forecasts.