The Grizzly Den

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What’s Wrong with Cheating?

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 12, 2008

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According to a recent article in School Library Journal, a huge percentage of high school students–95%!!!–say they have cheated at some point in school. Their definitions of cheating ranged from allowing other students to copy their homework to cheating on tests. The statistics come from Donald McCabe, a professor of management and global business at Rutgers University. McCabe has been surveying college students for eighteen years and high school students for six years. His high school results come from surveys of 24,000 students in 70,000 schools. Sixty-four percent of students report serious cheating on tests, including copying from someone else, helping someone else cheat, or using cheat notes. Fifty-eight percent of students admitted plagiarizing. Many students were caught cheating primarily because they bragged about their skill at beating the system. Why do students cheat? Have you ever cheated? Is cheating unfair to other students, or are you only cheating yourself?

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