Growing up, I was a bit of a nerd. I enjoyed learning. History was my favorite subject so I always paid close attention. We used to play a game in class that was similar to Jeopardy. Our teacher allowed us to take notes that we could use during the game. My teammates knew that my notes would be extensive so they would simply rely on mine and not even bother taking any. This infuriated me. How is this fair? Why are they getting credit for all of my hard work?
Cheating is not only unfair to the student cheating, it also affects the student they are cheating off of. Some students put a lot of effort into their work and when people cheat, it may make honest students feel like their work is undervalued. This may make them feel like there is no point in working hard to earn the education they deserve. Students are devaluing the hard work of others and themselves. Cheating shows a lack of integrity in ...view middle of the document...
The internet creates another realm of possibilities for cheaters. They are able to pull up any information and simply “copy and paste” into their word document passing off someone else's work as their own.
Cheating can start as early as elementary school for some kids. It starts as your typical cheating, looking over the shoulders of other children during tests or copying each others homework. Cheating starts out as children simply not knowing the answers so they look to others for the correct ones. As they get older, outside influences start to play a part in cheating. Many young students feel pressure in their daily lives to be the best. Afternoon schedules are overbooked with extracurricular activities such as soccer practice, baseball practice, or dance recitals. The pressure to be the best is undeniable for some young students. With their busy schedules, students may start to fall behind in school and the pressure from parents and teachers wanting them to be high achievers can promote cheating.
Students grow up with the idea that they need to cheat to get ahead in life. When it comes to students needing good grades in order to get into a preferred school, they may be more likely to cheat. High standards are creating extra pressure on todays youth and they are looking for the “easy way out”. Since “every one else is doing it,” students think that it is the only way to be successful.
In my junior year of high school, my english teacher gave a lesson that still resinates with me today. She gave us two vocabulary words for the fist week. The words were Integrity and mea culpa. From that day on, I started to understand what integrity was and what it meant to take responsibility for your own actions and why it is important. It is important to learn from your mistakes and when you take responsibility for them, you are able to grow. If a child simply cheats their way through, they are only affecting themselves and their integrity. Students are underestimating their own abilities to succeed as an individual. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”