It's important for the schools to make sure they new hires are of the quality they want. It's one more thing we can do to make parents feel safe leaving their children with these teachers.
Publishing is tough. As a writer, if I'd murdered my family, that'd be a great gift, not to my family maybe, but definitely to my book. Oprah's defense (of Frey) just doesn't work. You can't say a memoir is 90% true. Which 90%? It's cheating.