I received this news from Ethics Hero Harris Meyer, the journalist who has been trying to preserve some semblance of integrity in his profession by reminding it what ethical investigative journalism is not, through his efforts to rebut the praise for Gaby Rodriguez, the high school student who deceived her family and classmates by pretending to be pregnant as her senior project. The news: Trevor Greene, the principal who helped devise Gaby’s unethical stunt and assisted her in lying to the rest of the school, has been named the state’s top high school principal by the Association of Washington School Principals.
He received this honor, the release says, by virtue of his organizing a system of student-teacher mentorships, and guiding the school’s effort to expand and improve its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. The fact that he also mentored a student in a blatantly unethical exercise that was, as I wrote in my original post about Gaby’s scam,
“…misguided in every way: irresponsible, dishonest, unfair, [trivializing] teen pregnancy, and play[ing] with people’s emotions for no legitimate purpose whatsoever, while teaching the false lesson that it is justifiable to deceive others, perhaps causing them emotional distress, for narrow personal goals…”
…all for school credit, no less, apparently didn’t bother the Association one bit. And maybe it shouldn’t have. Maybe this principal who believes that lying and exploiting others for notoriety and dubious objectives is the best principal in the State of Washington. Maybe the others are even worse. But buck up, Washington; honoring a principal who approves and rewards conduct like Gaby’s might just inspire others to emulate his example.
Is there any more we need to know about why test scores nationwide show evidence of institutionalized cheating?