Grab A Water Bottle and Forget the Crib Notes and Teleprompters
Much has already been written, discussed and blogged about regarding Sarah Palin's crib notes on her hand during her recent speech before the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville.
Then there was White House press secretary Robert Gibbs poking fun at Palin by writing notes–eggs, milk, bread, hope, change– on his palm.
Before all that brouhaha, Jon Stewart poked fun at President Obama for setting up a teleprompter in a sixth grade classroom. And still articles appear about the crib notes vs teleprompter controversy.
I have no intention of walking through that political fray. Still, all this talk of cheating and teleprompters made me think about some of the more surreptitious methods attempted in classrooms.
Now before you get all in a dither, I know prompt notes for a speech and notes for a test are entirely two different things, but perhaps politicians can fly under the detection radar by stealing an idea or two from the school house.
Not surprisingly, a search of YouTube brings up more than 13,000 hits for "cheating on tests" with a number of them specifically providing a step-by-step guide for cheating using a beverage bottle of some sort. My all-time favorite has to be the water bottle one. Pretty sneaky.
Who would question a water bottle by a lectern?
Of course, I'd like to point out that the water bottle writer had quite a few errors.
Here's an example:
"How many people had water bottles on there desk?…based on my educational experiences, I would say at least a quarter of the class has some sort of refreshment on there desk."
I guess the writer never mastered the difference between there and their.
Perhaps that little cheating thing didn't pan out so well after all.