Wednesday, April 25, 2007

How do you cheat?

You might think that the Digital Age has rendered old-fashioned cheat-sheets obsolete as the cheat-of-choice for today's desperate students, but in fact, some of the old school cheating methods -- copying from a friend, writing the answers in your hand, or crib-notes, for example -- remain popular.

At my newspaper, we're working on a project about school cheating and we're uncovering some fascinating facts. For instance, did you know that as many as 3 of every 4 American high school students admits to cheating in a significant way? So we want to examine the effects of a cheating culture -- or at least a culture that winks at cheating -- on the community at large. Does it truly contribute to a society where the rules are meant to be broken?

We're also looking to expose some creative cheating methods, oif only as a guide for teachers and parents on what to look for.

If you happen to be one of those 3 out of every 4 people who cheated in high school, what was your most creative cheat? What "failsafe" method did you use ... or hear about?


SingingSkies said...

Most interesting. I gather no one is willing to admit that they are among the 3 of 4 who cheated by passing along cheating methods. I can truthfully state that I never cheated in school. Was too afraid to. *chuckle* Of course, that means I never heard any of the innovative methods that others used either. Not very helpful to your story. Sorry

Jill said...

That is interesting. I didn't cheat in school as some of my grades proved. However I did watch my stepdaughter get some "essay" material off the internet instead of doing her own.

Chancelucky said...

I'm not sure it really should be cheating., If these are devices that regular folk will have most of the time, maybe we should be developing tests that reflect that.

I think kids, for instance, should know how to long divide and understand what it means, but being able to do it is much less important given the existence of calculators to knowing how to apply the operation.

SingingSkies said...

But chance, while having calculators is a good thing, one must also be able to figure out when the darned things aren't working right. What if you divided 4 by 2 and got 1.3? There are some people who wouldn't have the foggiest idea that the calculator was wrong. If there's something inherently wrong with the machine, anything calculated on it may lead to total disaster. I will admit that those who can't add 2+2 and get 4 are mostly likely not engineers or scientists, they may end up wreaking havoc on their own and others' pocketbooks.