Deep... deep... sigh.  I don't know what troubles me more; the concept of exchanging higher grades for money. (not the first time I've heard it proposed - I mean after all that's capitalism)  Or the fact a parent group thought it up... as a fundraiser!  (something about apples don't fall far from trees would be appropriate here)

From the department of I can't make this up co-sponsored by 10 Signs America is Falling Apart at the Seams I bring you my jaw as I help lift it off the floor:

Per CBC News in Canada:

  • A middle school in North Carolina is selling better test scores to students in a bid to raise money.


  • The Raleigh News & Observer newspaper reported Wednesday that a parent advisory council at Rosewood Middle School came up with the fundraising plan after last year's chocolate sale flopped.

    The school will sell 20 test points to students for $20. Students can add 10 extra points to each of two tests of their choice. The extra points could take a student from a B to an A on those tests or from a failing grade to a passing one.

  • Principal Susie Shepherd said it's not enough of an impact to change a student's overall marks. (well that makes it ok then!)  Officials at the state Department of Public Instruction said exchanging grades for money teaches children the wrong lessons

I'm still searching for the original story in the North Carolina paper...

Meanwhile I bring you the competition these middle school kids will be facing in about a decade.