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Cheating re-boot

Posted on | February 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

Technology is seen by many as the game changer in education, but there is a dark side.


I read this piece from the Ottawa Citizen.

In a recent poll of more than 2,000 students and parents in the U.S., Common Sense found that many teens aren’t clear about what constitutes cheating. Twenty-three percent, for example, said storing notes on a phone to access during a test is not cheating, and 19 percent said downloading a paper from the Internet to turn in as your own is not cheating.

Downloading a text from the internet is not seen as cheating by some of our youth today?

Are we doing enough in the classroom and at home to educate our youth?

If our children are cheating maybe we need to look inthe mi

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Technology+blur+teens+view+cheating/4325389/story.html?cid=megadrop_story#ixzz1EsADi69H


One Response to “Cheating re-boot”

  1. Rick
    February 26th, 2011 @ 12:41 pm


    Have had this conversation with hundreds of students over the last ten years in the U.S. What it comes down to – contrary to the simplistic summation in the news article is that students DO know it is cheating – they just don’t consider it an important form of cheating, and besides everyone does it sometimes. Sorry, I don’t think technology is the game changer – only the methodology (no longer writing stuff on the inside of your arm, now it is on the phone). What it is really about is the ongoing shifting of morals and where do you individually draw the line at “cheating” in your life. As teachers we cheat all the time in our lives, a little extra change that we don’t go back into the store to return, a failure to report ALL income on our tax forms, taking the full per-diem for travel even when we didn’t spend it all. We love to be all high and mighty in our moralistic condemnation of cheating in school, but when is the last time you put a picture from the internet in a PowerPoint without citing the source. No, this is not a new struggle to teach a balance of functional morals and hold the bastions of academia against the student has a personal moral line that we are uncomfortable with.

    I am sure that fifty years ago – students would have given the same response about cheating in school, its just that the cheating would have looked different.

    Anyway – just a thought

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