Have you ever cheated on a test? Or copied a friend’s homework assignment? Although many young people know that cheating is wrong, almost 95 percent of high school students have cheated at least once during the course of their education.
Over the years, I have received numerous school handbooks that stated plagiarism and cheating would not be tolerated. Students may be threatened with suspension or a mark on their permanent record if they are caught cheating, so why do students feel the need to cheat? Students may feel that the assignment or the class is meaningless. Perhaps, the student is overworked in school, extracurricular activities and chores. To read more about why students are cheating, please check out "3 Top Reasons Why Students Cheat."
Students aren’t the only ones that are feeling stress and unrealistic demands for academic achievement. Earlier this year, Georgia education officials found that 191 schools across the state had tampered answer sheets for the state’s standardized achievement tests. Teachers and other school officials are believed to have erased the wrong answers and penciled in the right answers after students completed the test. To read more about the investigation, please check out "Georgia Schools Inquiry Finds Signs of Cheating."
Although it may seem like everybody is cheating, teachers and parents need to let their students know that they can learn from their mistakes. If I ever cheated on a test and was caught, my parents would have freaked out and grounded me. Instead of yelling at the child and issuing a harsh punishment, parents should use this time as a teachable moment. A parent or teacher needs to assure the student that cheating is not acceptable and focus on the student’s sense of pride. Encouraging students to do their work honestly can ensure a sense of accomplishment. Please check out "What if My Child Got Caught Cheating at School?" to learn how to talk about cheating with your child.
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