In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High recruits seven students for an academic decathlon team. They work long hours, preparing for the February regional event, won for ten straight years by a privileged, preppy school. Steinmetz finishes just well enough to be invited to the state meet. When a team member steals a copy of the state test, the teacher and kids face a dilemma: to remain honest, or to cheat and score a victory for kids in underfunded schools. When they do well, they must face a withering barrage of investigations, accusations, lawyers' lies, and reporters' intrusions. Is it all worth it? What lessons does cheating teach?
Putting The System To The Test
Did You Know?
The film is based upon the events of the infamous Steinmetz Cheating Scandal that took place at the Illinois Academic Decathlon State Championship in 1995, in which the real-life Dr. Gerald Plecki and his seven students did lose to Whitney Young High School at the Regional Decathlon Championship but mysteriously won the State Championship. Later the students were accused of cheating by the State Decathlon Committee, the Department of Education, and Whitney Young (which lost to Steinmetz at the competition). It was eventually discovered that the students did cheat, although several of the students to this day maintain that they did not. See more
Although the scandal took place in 1995, the bottom of the page of the Chicago Sun-Times that Irwin Flickas is looking at clearly states "Vol. 53 No. 11 2000". See more
Well, if we could get the tests, I'm sure Whitney Young has them too.
Of course they do. Doesn't the decathlon have their offices at Whitney Young? I mean, you do the math.
So, two wrongs would make a right?
No. Two wrongs make it even.
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