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Is cheating simply reality for today's students?



cheating_rect-460x307.jpegSeems like there's always going to be some sort of cheating, especially if the cheaters think they can get away with it. But Los Angeles teacher Victor Dorff suggests in a recent column for the LA Times that many kids these days, and even their parents, have a much different definition of cheating than kids and parents did years ago:

"A few weeks ago, a student took my final exam in the morning and gave the answers to someone who was taking it that afternoon. The second student didn't notice that the question on his test was slightly different, and the answer was now wrong. When confronted, he professed not to understand that he had cheated. He thought that getting a test answer from another student in advance was no different than studying with a partner. A few days later, when his mother came in to find out why her son had failed, she too said she couldn't understand the difference."

What's more, Dorff writes, students appear more worried about their public persona than they are about breaking their honor. He suggested that schools must be part of the solution.

"Cheating needs to be addressed as part of a cultural problem. It is up to us to make it unacceptable not only in schools but also throughout society. Every time we accept it as unavoidable or tolerable, we help ensure that the culture of cheating is passed on to the next generation."

Read his full column here. Agree with what he's saying? What have been your encounters with cheating? Is there a way for schools to make it stop?

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