2015 BLOG ASSIGNMENT #5 Read Why Do Students Cheat? Write a 250-word response to the article. I will be looking for a central idea, unity and coherence. Advertisements Like this:Like Loading... Related 28 Comments I didn’t know that many people cheated on tests and plagiarized, especially in college. I thought in college students knew better than that and were more advanced and able, so they didn’t need cheating to help them through their classes. Knowing that this is the case, I can see it being true and I think the problem will only get worse over the years and more and more people will cheat on more and more things. I think students are getting more and more comfortable with cheating, especially like copying homework, and being lazy with papers and either getting closer and closer to plagiarizing or just doing it more and there could be reason to this comfortableness. The points in the article with society making more students more comfortable with cheating are pretty much true, as plenty of times in recent years, companies or people have done things like cheat and lie and the consequences have not been too heavy. Either they get away with it with basically no repercussions, or they are very small and aren’t necessarily as heavy as most people expected them to get and thought they deserved. But this isn’t the only reason people cheat. Surprisingly to me, they are multiple different reasons people cheat according to the article. I didn’t know that there were all these different motives to cheat in school, and I think part of these reasons is the competition factor. School used to be more and more about teaching student, where as now, at most schools, students just become another number or statistic and it’s all about pass or fail, and you’re competing with hundreds of thousands of students to get into a university or into grad school. There are two main schools of thought that are prevalent in cheating. There are those that argue that students are constantly pressured by parents and peers alike to get good grades, and thus will do anything in order to succeed. Then there are those who think that students are downright lazy and wish to put in minimal effort and still get good grades. Regardless of the motivation for cheating, one fact remains impervious to argument: cheating is wrong and should be eliminated. There are many ways to tackle this issue, but to truly eradicate academic dishonesty, we must first identify the motivation. Many motivations exist, but the main motivation is pressure. We could combat that pressure by educating our students in middle and high school about success. Success can mean different things to different people. For some, success is defined as a good degree from a good college and a good job. For others, success can be found in entrepreneurial ventures. We can look to Steve Jobs as a great example. Jobs dropped out of Reed College and started what we know today as one of the most powerful companies in the world with a market cap of over 5 billion dollars. If one man can accomplish this without a college education, surely college isn’t necessary to all people. Cheating is the by-product of centuries of brainwashing that has forced people to conform to a set definition of success that allows no deviation or variation whatsoever, pushing people to accomplish this success by any means necessary. It’s surprising how many students cheat in college I thought there would be less people that cheated on tests and other assignments when people went to college. When I see people in baseball, football, and etc. cheating they are being dishonest because in the article Chris Loschiavo says, “society seemingly rewards these individuals for their dishonest behaviors.” Which I agree with what he is saying because if people are cheating and they don’t caught they are being rewarded for something they don’t even deserve. Cheating is so normal to our society because when I was growing up I saw many people cheat and thought it wasn’t a bad thing until I got caught for cheating. After reading this article I am now wondering did the student really get themselves into college or did cheating. I also agree with the author that some high schools are not preparing their students for college because if they were actually preparing them why is there some many people plagiarizing papers. In order to prevent more people plagiarizing the author suggests that we need to help students research because if we don’t then the students are going to copy and paste most of their work. The reason why there are so many cheaters is because many people can’t really manage their time and end up staying late on a paper so they cheat. I believe turnitin.com is such a great source because if you do plagiarize then you will get caught because the website monitors how much you plagiarize. I feel like the people who cheat all the time are going to be the people that are not going to really make it anywhere unless they try the work on their own. Most students and others have cheated in the past. Some would not admit to cheating due to embarrassment or consequences.Moreover,there are many factors that cause individuals to cheat. These factors are: the motivation to succeed without effort, outside influences, rewards, improper teaching, or the lack of skill. Cheating is the easy way out of school presumed by many. It could be done without tedious work. It is simple to do. However, one must understand why so much people cheat and why it is common in the modern developing world.To clarify, some do cheat because of the promise of rewards. For example, I was promised twenty dollars for every “A” I received in my classes. Of course, I had to turn to some form of cheating to receive that extra money. That reward of money incited myself to earn the grades necessary. I have remorse of doing so and have not done since. Anyways, cheating occurs when there are other prompts. Today, the world is surrounded with company scandals left and right. This prompts listening viewers that cheating can succeed if one does not get caught. Another influence of cheating is the cheater is not receiving the proper education to complete a work. One individual could turn to cheating because he or she is intimidated by their peers and not ask for help. Or he or she can not simply do the work. They may lack the will and confidence in their work so they turn to the easy path of cheating. Cheating could also be futile plea of help. Him or her may not have the time to complete the work so him or her is tempted to cheat to achieve the “A.” Fortunately, there are solutions to counter this ever-growing complication. Educators could ask questions to the students if they can grasp the concept. Instructors could also decelerate the speed of lessons so students can comprehend better. Lastly, instructors can make intimidating situations less intimidating. Make the students feel welcome, get to know the students, and increase tutoring hours so students can accommodate so he or her can ask the questions instead of cheating. This article does exactly what it’s intended to do, in terms of politely pointing a finger at society and circumstance as a cause of student cheating. The article is meant to persuade faculty and administration to take another approach when it comes to cheating-one that attempts to understand and guide instead of instantly condemning students. It addresses only the reasons that are rooted in things out of a student’s control. It ignores that some students cheat just to cheat, or because it’s the easiest way out instead of actually trying, or because they really don’t care. And for the purpose of the article, that’s understandable. But in real life it’s more than that. In real life people cut corners because they chose to cut corners. Society and circumstance aren’t exactly selective to the weak and lazy, but only the weak and lazy cheat under that kind of pressure. Blaming society and circumstance empowers cheaters to give excuses and allows the source of the problem to be shifted entirely to society instead of individual responsibility. Now that’s not to say that cheating necessarily condemns someone as a bad person. Circumstances are always a factor in these kinds of situations but they aren’t the only factor to consider. Its give-and-take in these situations-on one hand, understand why the student cheats and work with that student to support him/her; but on the hand that student needs to own the responsibility and consequences of his/her actions. There is no justification-no excuse- for cheating. Things that are hardest make a person all that much stronger. Circumstances don’t fully justify the actions. Many people have different beliefs about cheating and have different reasons why they do what they do. Cheating to me is when someone copies someone else’s work and takes full credit for it. I honestly believe that cheating is not needed so you can pass the class with an A. People that do not cheat can pass a class with an A too. I didn’t think that a good amount of college students still cheated. There is no reason for them to cheat they got accepted to that college because they had what I took to be able to succeed in that college. They want to see what you have they don’t want to see what others have. Cheating is unnecessary, not only does it get you into too much trouble but it stays in your record and when you go for a job interview and ask for your record and they see that you are a person that was caught cheating, they won’t really like the fact that you are a person that has cheated or plagiarized. They don’t want to know that they are hiring a person who has been caught cheating, because if you are applying to be a cashier how do they know that you won’t just slip some money into your pocket or do something else that would affect the company. Or if you were applying to be an assistant they wouldn’t hire you because what if you were to plagiarize, and give a presentation with words that aren’t even yours. You think cheating in anyway doesn’t affect you but think twice before you do it because it can affect you for the rest of your life. In reaction to this article I am intrigued by the results of the student survey. I believe that if that survey was taken by iPoly students, the results would be different. We have all seen cheating happen at iPoly, the students prefer to think of it as “comparing answers” and “helping people figure it out” when in reality it is cheating. I will can not honestly say I have never cheated but I can say it was for none of the reasons presented in this article. The reasons for cheating that were explained in the text applied better to a “typical” high school. At iPoly we ARE taught how to properly research, we ARE shown examples that cheating is in no way a rewarded behavior, and the teachers DEFIANTLY ask question to get to the root of the issue. The cheating that goes on here is the simple copying of a worksheet that was bumped to the bottom of the priorities list because we are to focused on the projects and larger assignments at hand. At the collage level, I would like to think that iPoly students would know better not to cheat on any assignment. We have been shown examples of what happens to those who cheat and plagiarize, and we have been taught integrity. Personally I take too much pride in the work that I do, and I would want someone to give me credit if they used my words, so I always cite my work when a works cited is asked for. There are of course those students who don’t intend on going to collage and I could see how they would be more inclined to cheat to get through high school so they can get a job and not look back. To those students I would not encourage cheating but I would be more likely to understand why they did it and punish them accordingly. But luckily I have no intention of being a teacher so I won’t have to punish any cheaters in my line of work. Words: 342 I was not really surprised at the statistics for those who cheat in both high school and college. I do agree with the article that students do get rewarded for dishonesty, to an extent. Cheating might help in the short run, but can severely damage you in the long run. When students copy off another student’s homework word by word, they will get caught and receive a suspension. If they only forgot to do one problem, they can most likely get away with it. With tests, students could copy off their neighbor in hopes of receiving a better grade than what they believe they could do by themselves. If the dishonest student notices that they are rewarded with better grades, they are more likely to keep doing it to maintain the grades. Cheating might even “help” a student get into college. With cheating, there is no good without evil. If students were to simply copy and paste an article and claim the words as their own without any citation, is unacceptable. The student could get into serious trouble involving the law for plagiarism. If the schools are not educating students how to be functioning additions to society and instead are just focusing on standardized tests, then something must be seriously done to the school. Sure, the student may get the job they want however, they wouldn’t really have learned anything that will surely benefit them in later life. The student may not know how to think for themselves. They may be seen as less reliable and as a dishonest person in the workplace and in general. I am not saying that anyone who has ever cheated is an unreliable person. Please do keep in mind that certain circumstances can result to cheating. Meanwhile, other situations should be stopped almost immediately. Cheating is most likely to keep happening. However, it is better to learn from mistakes than to cheat and never learn at all. I am not surprised at all about the numbers they gave me in this article about cheating in school and life. Cheating I feel is a normal thing to do in school and in life that I’m not surprised about. I see cheating all the time and to tell the truth I’ve done it once or twice in my life. I feel that people cheat because they’re not prepared for what’s going to come to them like tests. Tests are a big majority where people cheat and when I meant unprepared I mean they didn’t understand what they were taught or just felt lazy and confident that they can easily cheat on the test. Cheating overall has become a sport literally I know and seen how people have cheated on tests. One begin typing out notes onto a paper and taping onto their water bottle as the nutritional facts or writing all the notes on your leg or arm. I feel that overall for me cheating is wrong but to tell you the truth in some case its not. If you have a class that you have a C in and if you fail the final that you are taking right now then you wont pass the class, well no I don’t think it’s wrong because people have situations were cheating is needed for them to succeed in life. I was not really surprised when I read the statistics about cheating in high school, but what shocked me the most was when the article said people cheat just as much in college. When I was in junior high, teachers would always tell us to not cheat because you would get in major trouble once you got to high school, and high school teachers would tell us the same about college. In reality, the problem of cheating will never be resolved. People always find crazy ways to pass assignments or tests to maintain good grades. I think cheating is very understandable, to a point at least. In high school, students cheat because they need good grades to get into a decent college. Other times their reasons of cheating is more on a personal level with family issues or lack of confidence. In college cheating is just as significant, but on a higher level. Cheating your way through college is due to the purpose of wanting good grades to graduate. Yes, cheating may make things easier, but overall it is an issue. If you get caught you could get into major trouble and no school will trust you academically ever again. The problem of never doing your own work, you won’t learn how to actually do it own your own. I don’t necessarily think cheating is that bad, as long as it is not excessive. It is not a surprise to me that a large number of high school students along with college students cheat on assignments and tests. Whether it is on a small scale, such as copying someone’s homework once, or large scale throughout a whole school, cheating is a current issue in education. What I did find surprising was the reasons mentioned as to why students are cheating. To point the blame on society, parents, and teaching styles, is simply ignoring the fact that most of the blame should be on the student. Society is not forcing students to cheat, although it may have an effect on the students’ decision, it isn’t the complete reason for the action. There aren’t signs or ads’ sending the message that cheating is accepted, in fact ads and signs are sending out the opposite message. The same goes for parents. Yes, most parents expect their child to get good grades and become upset when the level of expectancy is not met, but they don’t tell their child to cheat to achieve those grades. In the article the author states that “another reason for student cheating is being unprepared for college level work”, while this may be true for certain schools, I find this isn’t a relevant statement for all high schools. For example, iPoly is a college prep school so the fact that the blame is being put on the level of work and teaching isn’t correct. The finger is being pointed at the wrong person in this article, it should be pointed at the students. Laziness, time management, and priorities of a student are more realistic reasons of why someone cheats. Although society, parents, and teaching may have an effect on the student’s decision to cheat, it’s not the complete reason. In reality the students themselves should take responsibility for their actions. Cheating is such a ridiculous act, but so can the consequences after cheating. What’s the point of cheating? First off, you won’t learn anything if you don’t study the material yourself. And that’s the major problem, students don’t study so they cheat. To those who don’t study, you’re lazy and stupid for cheating. You won’t achieve anything if you cheat at things. For example, if there was a group member within your group and plagiarized someone else’s work for your group report 1. You failed completely 2. You jeopardized you and your groups grade. Earlier I mentioned the consequences can be quite ridiculous. If a teacher caught a student cheating , take their test and give them a zero. It’s not necessary to send that student to the office and call their parents. I mean they’re already punished enough. All the office and parents stuff are totally uncalled for. In the article, it mentioned “Cheating could be a call for help.” To that statement, I say no because teachers don’t really see in that perspective. They see it as a, “Oh you cheated, ZERO!!” not, “Okay, lets see what we can do to improve your study and learning.” I believe more teachers should help their students. If you think about it, if teachers just accuse their students of cheating, after all that, they won’t learn anything but possibly do it again. So what’s the solution to stop cheating. Personally, study the material take notes, and always ask your teacher for help I don’t find it surprising that the number of people cheating is huge but what I did find interesting is that a lot of college students cheat because they’re adults and they should know better than that. From personal experience, I knew some people who cheated their way to success. It’s totally unfair for those people who try hard to get to the finish line (success) and there’s people who cheat their way to success. As Mr. Hogan used to say, “Don’t do the assignment just to finish it, do it so you can learn.” I live by those words everyday and it’s a good reminder to me. College and high school students who cheat are the people who just want to get things done and get the good grade. It takes time and effort to get good grades, but to cheat? It takes effort for those students who are lazy. These are things that irritate teachers and some students. It’s okay to fail sometimes, because eventually people will learn. If people stopped cheating and started to actually put their minds to tests, homework, and projects then they will get the idea that they can do something without cheating. Cheating should never be the “easy” way to success. If people are having such a hard time with an assignment and they want to just cheat off of someone, they can ask for help. That’s what professors or teachers are for. There are many ways for people to get that success they want without cheating. They would have to try and give it their best shot. Cheating is an intolerable act that should be inexcusable. The problem is, most cheating is justified by excuses that are either made up, or avoidable. This enables students to cheat without feeling morally guilty. Most commonly, excuses for cheating are lies. Some lies used are “I didn’t know it was cheating” or “I worked on my homework with a group.” These lies are used by cheaters in attempt trick their teachers into thinking cheating is justifiable or reasonable. When a student’s excuse is not a lie, it is more often than not avoidable. Some excuses for cheating are “I didn’t have enough time to do it myself,” or “I didn’t know the material.” These excuses are avoidable through better time management and study habits. By using excuses to moralize cheating, students create a dishonest learning environment. I personally do not cheat because cheating contradicts my moral values. My most iterated moral value is honesty. If I were to cheat, then I would be trying to pass off forged work as my own, therefore making me a liar. Being honest is important to me because honesty is strongly enforced in the fire service. During my stay at the IEFEA Leadership Conference, honesty has highly valued and was consistently the subject of a conversation. The phrase “Liars are like cheaters, cheaters are like thieves, and thieves have no business in the fire service,” was used quite often. It is because of phrases like this along with my moral values that I do not cheat or think highly of people that do. Life is a game and most of the time society plays by it’s rules. At times, the game gets crazy and the rules somehow get abandoned. Cheating is something people encounter on a daily basis. It is an undertaking that individuals are introduced to at such a young age, it simply amalgamates itself into everyday life. If everyone were to be honest, they would admit that they have cheated at least once during the course of their life. The majority of people cheat because of specific circumstances that affect them. However, others skillfully plan their cheating vendetta to accelerate their path to success. Some cheat in the workplace so they can climb up the corporate ladder to that corner office on the seventy-fifth floor. When it comes to cheating in school, it’s because one is too wrapped up in personal matters to complete the assigned task themselves. While others are afraid that their answer or opinion is fallacious and simply copy their peer’s answer that most people agree with or are socialized. Students believe they always have to be “right” to avoid judgment from peers, teachers, and parents. Either way those who are still “playing unfair” are being callous to those around them. Sophocles once said, “I would prefer to fail with honor than to win by cheating” but in the twenty-first century that is not the case. Life is a game, and it’s about winning. People will cheat and continue to cheat so they can win because that’s just how life is. Unless there is a legitimate paradigm shift in our society, people will continue to cheat themselves and others. Cheating can lift anyone up, but what goes up must come down. In the words of Howard Winchell, “Remember to be nice to those you meet on the way up. They’re the same folks you’ll meet on the way down.” The insight that Chris Loschiavo provides in this article is truly eye opening. I was quite intrigued and very engaged in reading about cheating and the psychology behind it. Although Loschiavo seemed to provide a very thorough explanation for why people intentionally copy or plagiarize, he excluded an aspect of cheating that is most relevant to the subject, and that is that it often takes two parties to cheat. This is especially true for high school settings. In high school, when one student is caught leaking information to another student, whether it be for a test or answers for a homework assignment, both parties are guilty of cheating. This article would have been much more complete had it gone into depth about the motive behind giving away information to students. Loschiavo also seems to portray the lessoning of cheating as have a rather bleak future. A sizable portion of the article was dedicated to the reasons why people cheat. These reasons vary from laziness to personal hardships at home and at the end of the article he concludes that the only solution is a massive change in both society and the educational system. But the reasons given by Loschiavo and their rather sentimental quality almost seem to excuse students, or put the blame of their actions on the circumstances of their personal life and society. This was discomforting and caused me to doubt whether or not the author fully understands and agrees that an individual is always responsible for their actions. Well cheating has always been an issue and it is obvious that people cheat. I think that people cheat because they want to be the best and to rise to the top more quickly, it’s easier to cheat. So in a way cheating really does reward you, some might argue that it is immoral but it gets results. For some students the benefits outweigh the consequences. The only way to face the consequences is to get caught and that is a risk students are willing to take, if it means getting the best grade possible. In my opinion I don’t think cheating is a cry for help. I mean no one cheats and deliberately tries to get caught. I don’t know if that was the plan for the student mentioned in the article with all the problems. But if he would have actually gotten away with cheating he wouldn’t have received the support he needed and he wouldn’t have learned the material. He would have accomplished his goal of getting the best grade possible, which I think he was trying to do, but his other problems would still be there. That is why I think it would have been better if he was honest and straightforward about it. So when you cheat you have to think not only about what you’re gaining but also what you may be losing. I’m personally do not cheat in anything because I feel guilty afterward. Its feels like you robbed something and it’s a horrible feeling. I would say a reason why a person may cheat because it will get them a better grade. I personally thing honesty is the best thing in any occasion. It’s curious how much people cheat, its like its going to help them improve there grade. It’s surprising how much people cheat mostly if they’re in college. Aren’t they officially adults they should know better in what they do? They need to be self-aware of there actions. So we know that adults cheat just like kids when trying to figure something out. Then there are the teens from high school that cheats well there only purpose is to get a better grade. Nobody wants to fail so they instinctively just cheat. Then they plagiarize trying to figure stuff out. The things in life aren’t easy don’t try to do a stupid short cut that won’t work. I guess people cheat because of natural instinct like bending over and see someone else’s paper. They probably think that if they cheat they will get it right. It’s the same thing in plagiarizing. They think that its more efficient to copy someone else information down. It’s a way to feel safe. In the article explains how we should go and ask help to the teachers. They can help us improve our skills. Teach us ways to do the project or work without cheating. The work that teacher give us is not to decrease our skills but help us improve our academic skills. How are you able the learn anything if you plagiarize. It’s not good at all to cheat. Why do students cheat? There are a variety of reasons, based somewhat on who and where the students are. In our school, most students cheat because of fatigue and a nearly overwhelming workload. Mr. Loschiavo blames a desire to get an “A”, but it is much simpler than that. It is a desire to get through the week, to produce something to turn in when faced with a homework burden that requires nearly constant work and a lack of sleep that progressively gets worse as the term wears on. There is no “cost/benefit analysis”, the only benefit considered is, “how can I finish this assignment?, complete the next two or next three assignments I need to finish by tomorrow and perhaps, if I’m lucky, get two or three hours of sleep before waking up tomorrow.” Students cannot learn comprehensively, even with the best instruction, if the material is thrown at them so fast, and in huge quantities, all they can hope for is to keep their heads above water. The problem is not a desire to get an “A”, it’s the desire to perhaps get a “C”. Real understanding takes time and requires a considered and careful approach. The desire to maintain a schedule dictated by lesson plans overshadows any possibility of in-depth understanding. Making it through the night, or the week is all that an overworked and over-tired student can hope for. Everyone knows cheating is wrong, but if you push students so far that their judgment becomes as clouded as their eyes, cheating will happen. Cheating is a seed that grows in even the brightest of minds. Like a drug, it becomes addictive to those that practice it. They become cheating junkies, constantly craving the ‘high’ they receive as a result. To some, the “high” makes them feel clever and to others it brings a feeling of satisfaction from getting rewarded for it. In their minds, the high is far more potent than the prospect of losing. From a very young age, most if not all are conditioned to want to win, to be first and at the top. So effective is the conditioning, that many would rather take dishonorable wins than deserved losses. Most of the time, many reserve to cheating either because they are too lazy but still want to win or because they don’t care how they win, they simply care about winning. In my opinion, if we want to become a society in which cheating is not a problem, we must first change our way of thinking. We must bring forth the idea that not everything in life is about getting first place or being better than others. We should emphasize the idea of becoming OUR best selves. Our goals in life should be to work towards improving ourselves every day. If we are weak in a subject, then rather than cheating to get an acceptable grade, we should work on improving in that subject so that the next time we find ourselves with a similar task, we are prepared. People cheat simply for one reason, pressure. They feel pressured to be perfect from family, friends, and even themselves. Schools are based on the foundation that your grade equals your success in life. If you get perfect grades, it is thought that you are destined for greatness. While on the other hand, if you are struggling or are failing, you are thought as an idiot and incapable of success. And so because of this concept, people cheat. They cheat on tests or assignments because they too believe that a percentage dictates their success. In the article, it talks about how there are a variety of reasons a student cheats. It gives examples of students not understanding the subject, personal issues, and trying it because they see others cheating successfully. All of those reasons are driven by pressure. If a student truly did not care about school or their grades, they just simply would not do their work. If schools were less grade oriented, students would not be pressured into cheating. For the most part, schools care more about test results rather than checking to see if a student understand what they are being tested on. Because of that, students can easily get away with cheating. According to a survey done by U.S. News and World Report, 95% of students who cheat do not get caught. Schools don’t question whether or not students understand what they are being tested on. Those students who cheated most likely didn’t understand their subject and felt pressured to cheat. Cheating and plagiarism are a bigger deal than people make them out to be. You’re stealing someone’s thoughts and ideas while labeling them your own! That is why this article was so shocking to me, especially when I read the statistics. I couldn’t believe that 95%of students admitted to plagiarism, and that’s just the ones who admitted to it! Imagine there is probably another couple percent of kids who didn’t admit to it but have plagiarized or copied homework. I think the main reason for kids cheating on a test, copying homework, or plagiarizing is because they simply don’t understand. We grow up trained to always strive for the “A” no matter what it takes, and it feels bad when you don’t get that grade. Students don’t realize that it’s about what you’ve learned and not the grade you receive. They are so preoccupied in getting the good grade and making their parents or teachers proud, and sometimes plagiarism is the only way to get that grade if a student doesn’t understand the subject. It can be difficult to stop plagiarism, but I think the easiest way is to make sure all of the students understand the subject matter. I understand individual progress checks can be very time consuming but it would help. If a teacher makes sure that each and every student understand what they are being taught then you eliminate the main cause of cheating on a test or copying homework. The student understands which means they can do the work on their own. It’s not very surprising that cheating is commonplace in schools. Cheating is all around us everywhere we turn in our educational life. I have even seen the brightest of students fall from the grace of their morality and into the habit of cheating; these students, however, regret their decision and do not make this a habit. The idea presented in this article that students see many examples of cheating being rewarded is not that far-fetched. There are many students who, for the most part, will not succumb to peer pressure yet cheat as a result of seeing someone they look up to being rewarded for it. One part of this article that I strongly identify with is pressure to succeed due to family members. When it comes to other people, it’s easier to block them off. As RuPaul’s mother said, “’Less they payin’ your bills, pay them no mind.” Family on the other hand, you live with, so you are forced to immerse yourself in their opinions. This I feel, is the a motivation stronger than any other as you either 1) want to please them or 2) you want to get them off of your back. The section of this article that I disagree with is the one that describes one of the author’s students who claims to have cheated because she believed she could not give an adequate interpretation of the piece of writing in which she plagiarized from. I don’t believe this because how often does a teenager do something such as plagiarizing and say they did it due to insecurities that they feel. Teenagers don’t say that. That sort of thing is a lie used to make us not seem as bad. That’s like saying, “I crashed your car because I’m constantly being judged at school,” or, “I stole fifty dollars because I don’t have a thigh gap.” I think teachers need to show students that the reason why they go to school is to learn. Students have been indoctrinated to think that an “A” is the only thing to prove that they’re smart. They’ve been taught to do things only one way and are afraid to experiment with their writing or school assignments. A student’s goal is not to impress the teacher with their creative and thought out ideas but it is to do what it takes to get the best grade they possibly can. This is what leads to a student to plagiarize or cheat on assignments and tests. When they see that “A” on their paper they automatically think they’ve achieved it all when that’s not the case at all. They are forgetting the importance of that test or assignment, it isn’t to get a high score it is to learn something from it. I am not saying that students aren’t capable of truly achieving an “A” without cheating, but so many students will go that extreme to see a letter written on that paper. They will not stop and think about what they did to earn that grade. But when they see a letter they don’t want to see on their paper they are immediately angry and never even bother to ask the teacher how they can improve or what they did wrong. Students are so afraid of failing and getting bad grades because it makes them feel like their not good enough. They lose confidence in themselves and aren’t convinced that their own work is good enough. This is what leads to the cheating. But students need to realize that it’s okay to fail sometimes because they will get other opportunities and one bad grade won’t haunt them for the rest of their life. Teachers need to show students that it’s okay to mess up as long as they are willing to accept that their is room for improvement and learn from their mistakes. Teachers need to show students that there is more satisfaction in getting a “B” or “C” from their original work, understanding why they got that grade, and learning from there rather than getting an “A” that they did nothing at all to deserve. They need to show students that these assignments and tests are supposed to be learning experiences and not just a passing letter grade on a paper. I honestly thought people stopped cheating and plagiarizing when they start to go to high school but I guess I was wrong.we have students are constantly told that if we cheat, plagiarized, or failure a class, we will get a kick out of college and yet college students cheat even thought they know the risked of getting caught. I don’t think that theirs a straight out solution the get rid of people cheating or plagiarizing; we could only decrease it or stop it for a period of time. I do agree that cheating is a dishonest thing to do and that you don’t learn anything from it, but their are many reasons why students cheat or plagiarize. Some students that do cheat or plagiarized is because they think it’s the only option and are scared to fail and disapoint people. Then theirs the other type of students that think hats it’s alright to do it because they won’t get caught and will pass their class easily. Students could also be influence to cheat by people that they admire or even by society. Some good examples would be students,!friends, or even siblings that you see cheating and you think it’s ok. Another example would be Tom Brady a patriots player, that was accused of deflating footballs which cause them to win the Super Bowl. Like Chris Loschiavo says “society seemingly rewards these individuals for their dishonest behaviors. One last good reason why students cheat is because of their bad grades or that there almost going to fail a class and disappoint their parents which brings a lot of pressure to them. The first thought to come into my head when hear the word ‘cheating’ is trouble. The image in my head is of a teenager looking at someone else’s test. This is why learning how many college students cheat surprises me. I believe that the main point of this article was to show that there are different aspects to why people do what they do and how many people to this thing. Of course cheating is never a good option there are many reasons behind why someone would cheat in the first place. Some people are flat out lazy and find themselves copying work last minute, while others truly don’t know what they’re doing and find this to be they only option. I think one reason why people cheat is because they want credit for work better than they could do. They would rather copy someone else’s grade A work they turn in their own grade B work. Maybe they do that because of pressure or maybe they just hate thinking carefully, but whatever the reason they are still doing wrong. Like the article said under Large-scale cheating, students see how much trouble someone else got into for the same thing and think, “Well… that wasn’t too bad.” They don’t understand how much of an effect cheating will have on them. Even if it went undetected they did not learn anything that was taught. They just wrote whatever they saw on someone else’s paper without doing their own research. nope too late Honestly, seeing how college students still consider “improving” by completely taking someone else’s hard work isn’t hard to believe. At times, excuses come and go to explain these faulty actions but in the end they’re still going to continue. A bad habit made during high school with most definitely follow you for the rest of your life. Personally thinking, I would think people were more mature than that. There’s a sense of accomplishing your goals that makes you think differently, but apparently a habit is a habit. Having brought awareness to these college students brings us to believe, that if in reality, the choices we make follow us in the future. It’s easy to believe that when you’re copying a students answers that you are doing what’s best for your situation as a one time thing. In reality you are marking a pathway of disorganization, lack of determination, and faulty commitment. Student need to realize the importance and the severity of taking someone else’s work and what it can bring to your future. How can you ever think to succeed if all you ever do I plead for answers. I believe it’s time for students to take responsibility for their actions. Being in college means they are well equipped to fend for themselves, in that they should be able to assume their responsibilities and finally mature enough to succeed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. 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