Hacking Into a School Computer to Change Your Kids' Grades Is a Major Parenting FAIL

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homeworkWe all want our kids to get good grades. How else can we brag about them at dinner parties will we feel like they're being prepped for the real world? Now the big question is: how far would you go to make sure it happens? Here's hoping you'd draw the line before you get to this mom's level.

Pennsylvania cops say Catherine Venusto actually hacked into the computers at her kids' school so she could change their grades. Well, hacked is giving her a little too much credit. A former secretary of the district, apparently Venusto had a password. But still ...

I think these allegations rank her right up there on top of the "idiot parents" list, don't you? The cops say she changed her daughter's failing grade to a "medical exception," and boosted her son's 98 to a 99 (as if he REALLY needed it).

Last time I checked, the reason we're proud of our kids when they get a good grade is because it represents something worth applauding. It means they actually know the material in a certain course. And, Lord willing and the creek don't rise (seriously, I've always wanted an excuse to use that phrase), they will actually be able to put all that "learnin'" to use one day.

Go ahead and call me a hard@ss, but I actually loved that my daughter's teacher last year was tough on her. The fact that she graduated from first grade actually knowing something made up for every single homework fight. EVERY one.

I can't say I never wish a magic "perfect grade" fairy came to my house. But then I think about all those kids whose parents' brag about their kid who makes such good grades ... but the kid is really kind of a dullard because his parents' do it all. Thanks but no thanks.

What about you? Would you be tempted to help your kids inflate their grades?

 

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Sierr... SierraLynn

I will sit and study with my child if it will help them learn the material. But to go in and change a grade is a bit psycho.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Not only would I not go in and change a grade (seriously, how is that going to help anything, aside from being illegal?), I wish my son's teachers would be tougher on him!

Think... ThinkingK

I wonder how she justufied doing this to herself. It seems as long as their child gets an advantage no matter if it is earned or not, many parents today are ok with it. This is right up there with those parents who sued the school district when their "honor" student cheated and was put out of the honor program.

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