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"Test Security"

I strongly dislike how teachers, principals, and the state freak out over cheating. In my state we have ridiculous rules that will not fend off cheating at all, but seem to be more intent on controlling "anti-finals speech"

Rules
1) You can't discuss the test, answers or contents, with anyone, in any way, ever.
2) You can't bring any electronic devices in with you into the testing area, even something as harmless as an MP3 player (proven that light music helps focus).

This way school officials can shut you up if you say something like:
"Ugh! The WESTEST was awful! Dude, did you see how stupid the topics were? Oh, and the questions were awful!"
That is discussing the test and its contents, therefore is not allowed. My principal even threatened students with alternative school.

Look, I don't like cheaters either but this is not helping.

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05-06-2014 08:15 AM
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RE: "Test Security"

Is this about the AP test? It started today and is awful in this respect...

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
05-06-2014 08:26 AM
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NJ ASK is just like this, except the teachers do poor jobs at shutting us up.

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05-06-2014 08:51 AM
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My school's security is as simple as keeping a cardboard box lid with classified student information inside within eyeshot of the principal's secretary. There is a significant amount of inefficiency within the system...

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05-06-2014 09:01 AM
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"Test Security"

We used to discuss our answers in the bathroom during break for the AP tests. Then we'd discuss our SAT and AP and whatever test told us not to discuss with everyone we met.

Who dem foo's think they are telling us to shut up? I'ma illegally broadcast my discussion of the test across every radio signal across the USA just for lolz now.

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05-06-2014 09:09 AM
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Hah, not surprised TBH.

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05-06-2014 09:54 AM
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STANDARDIZED TESTING SECURITY POLICE

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05-09-2014 10:46 AM
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RE: "Test Security"

"Look, I don't like cheaters either"

Why not? What do you care? Personally, I have special respect for good students who help the struggling ones cheat. I think it shows heart. And if school is hard for you take what you can get. It's not like stealing where another person loses something in the transaction. However, if you can't handle the consequences of getting caught then don't risk it.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


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05-10-2014 07:21 PM
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