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On cheating, scheming and graduating.

9 May

Most high school students admit to cheating.

“All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.” – Scott Alexander

What does this say about the students, professors, repercussions and institutions? It used to be that cheating was done by a few, and most often they were the weaker students who couldn’t get good grades on their own. Today, the stigma is gone. Everyone does it, everyone knows someone who does it. The reasons differ though. Weaker students cheat to pass and to keep their heads above the water. Better students cheat to maintain a perceived level of excellence, because a 4.61 GPA surely means less career options as opposed to a 4.62 GPA.

Is it too much to ask the students not to cheat?

Well, in theory, no. We all know what society perceives as moral and right, and cheating is not in that category.
Today, we have students strolling into classrooms carrying iPads, iPhones, laptops and every other gadget you can think of, technology that makes it so very easy to cheat, copy, find and quickly pen down missing information. Who can, then, expect them not to cheat? Surely there are individuals who shun cheating, but in general, most of us have cheated at some point, and probably way more than once or twice. There were, most likely, no repercussions and the gains were evident and quick, in the form of a grade boost ( if we’re talking education ). So can we expect them not to cheat?

No!

Bottle labels, cheat sheets, Google, copying, plagiarism, the temptation is too high. How to counter it then, and so, effectively produce a better quality student? Well, if the temptation is too high, so should the risk be.

What do you think?

M.

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