Essay on The Ways We Lie By Stephanie Ericson

1328 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 null Page
In Stephanie Ericson’s “The Ways We Lie,” Ericson discusses a contemporary issue of how we as humans justify lying to big institutions for our self-benefit. An ever-growing branch of this form of lying includes academic dishonesty. In today’s society, schools praise GPA and grades rather than student progress, prompting students to feel the external pressure of meeting these expectations. Rather than appraising students based on growth, schools admire the top students, unknowingly encouraging them to cheat for the top grades instead of learning for their own improvement. The education system has become extremely competitive, and a grade-oriented environment is associated with these increased levels of cheating. Moreover, adherence to other loyalties (friends, fraternities, etc.) prevents students from reporting a peer because they feel it is their duty of friendship to not snitch on a friend. When appealing to higher loyalties, students believe their responsibility to some other entity, usually their peers, is more important than doing what they know to be morally right. Ultimately, a student will lie their way through their grades because they are given the opportunity to. When an instructor does not uphold strict discipline, opportunities arise for students to take advantage of this situation. The instructor must set an stern environment against academic dishonesty, otherwise a pupil will abuse the opportunity, feeling the instructor does not take cheating seriously. The…

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