Monday, May 21, 2007

Cheat happens

How many high school students would you guess cheat regularly on their classwork? Twenty percent? Forty percent? Eeek ... Fifty percent?

Would you imagine in your wildest dreams that it could be as high as 90%?

This weekend, the Beaumont (TX) Enterprise launched a special report on school cheating ... and the myriad other forms of cheating it spawns ... in Southeast Texas. And our survey of more than 350 local juniors and seniors found more than 90% admit cheating at least monthly. But before you breathe a sigh of relief that you don't live in Southeast Texas (or considering moving away from here) you should know: That's about the national average, too.

Click on the banner above to read the entire project. For fun, watch "THE CHEAT," and original movie that might enlighten you about cheating techniques and impact. And take our interactive quiz to test your knowledge of cheating.


goin2college said...

As scary as it is to believe, students cheat all the time. Students who say that they never have cheated are lieing and also, it makes sense that juniors and seniors cheat more than freshman and sophmores. Juniors have the pressure of the SATs and may feel like they don't have time to study and Seniors are just ridiculously lazy and have no more energy left to study. Cheating is definitely more common than anyone realizes.

Chancelucky said...

I'm pretty certain this was all Bill Clinton's fault.

Ron Franscell said...

That depends on what the meaning of 'is' is.

SingingSkies said...

I wandered through the interactive quiz and wrestled with the lack of sufficient information to make an informed choice on several of them.

For example, I've taken calculus and there are a bazillion formulas that can be used. The profs usually permitted a notecard with formulas on them for navigating the course. (You can tell how long ago it was that I took calculus.) With technological advances, it didn't seem unreasonable to be able to program formulae into a calculator, so I assumed professiorial permission. Got that one wrong!

Sometimes one needs all the information to make such a judgment call. But then again, I may be the cheater I thought I wasn't.