Essay on Technology and Cheating

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Technology and Cheating

"Technology really is a double-edged sword when it comes to cheating. The means for detecting cheating are catching up with the means for cheating."

“There are many definitions of cheating, but the one that most accurately applies to the school environment is this one from Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, to violate rules dishonestly.”[1] With that definition, “A recent survey of more than 1,000 Choices readers shows that cheating among teenagers is a huge problem. Ninety-six percent of the respondents said that cheating was a problem in their school, and while 98 percent of the students said a person did not need to cheat to succeed, 64 percent of the respondents admitted cheating on a test.”[2]
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Brian gives us an example of cheating to look at. Brian admitted to making the choice to cheat. “He says that he was confused by the assignment, and a dislike for his teacher did not help matters.”[5] I personally have had assignments that I did not understand and as a younger student. I did not know how to deal with this problem. In addition, I felt like the teacher would just say that I am being lazy and that is not a reason not to at least try to do the assignment, when I really did not understand the homework assignment, so I can relate. Apparently, this is a common problem. Another example of this is give to us by another student named Brian. "I cheated on a take-home quiz," Brian says. "I didn't understand the teacher's instructions. A friend, who took the quiz a week before, fed me some of the answers. I felt bad about it, but I don't like the teacher, and I hated the thought of asking her for clarification." This example also makes another point. Your relationship with your students is very important. As a future teacher, I feel that one of the most important things is to be approachable. However, there are other reasons students cheat. A big reason students are cheating more these days is that parents are putting too much emphasis on grades. Parents are stressing the importance of number and letters over effort and energy. This tends to happen because parents want their children to be in the gifted programs. An

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