Wednesday, June 07, 2006

China cracks down on cheats

While China begins cracking down on cheaters (read here), I would like to take this opportunity to survey teachers and administrators about their own views toward cheating.

As new generations of teachers enter the classroom, I wonder how their attitudes toward cheating have changed when compared to older teachers.

The perception is that the problem of cheating has grown worse. The internet has created a vast network of resources for kids to turn to. If they need an answer, they go online. There is no longer a need among kids to read information and extract the necessary data. The internet allows kids to get right to it. Need to read a book, go online. Need a research paper, go online.

As teachers who have benefitted from these resources begin to enter our classrooms, will the stigma of cheating be lifted? Will teachers who cheated their way through school ignore the students who cheat? This past school year, English teachers in my department were disgusted and disappointed by the number of papers that were plagiarized from the internet.

Sites like turnitin.com have become the norm now in colleges and even in public high schools. We expect kids to cheat.

So the question is: What have been your experiences in your classrooms? Is cheating getting worse? Is cheating being ignored more now than in years past? Can cheating be curbed? Is cheating detrimental to the future of education?

1 Comments:

Blogger Barbara-Rose said...

I did find some students cheating this last school year. I quietly had these children come see me during lunch or after school. I explained to them that it was wrong, that cheating is NOT cooperative learning.

I've taken cell phones away from students when they were text messaging each other. The teachers in my hallway have begun sending electronic devices to the office's vault wrapped in a hard copy of the student's grades. We DO love our new online gradebook.

When the parent picks up their child's "toy" in the office, they also get an update of the student's grades.

Cheating is morally wrong. That's the bottom line. It's stealing.

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