Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Cheats

If you've ever played a video game on a Playstation or X-Box, you may have been aware of the "cheats." These "cheats" offer the user the ability to skip levels, gain super power, or in essence get an advantage the user would not have figured out on their own. Our students, much like the video game cheats, are regularly looking for ways to gain an advantage they could not figure out on their own.On a recent assignment, 10% of my students turning in the assignment had plagiarized. That is a significant problem for me. Now, I don't claim to always hold to the high ground--I've made my share of mistakes and will most certainly make more. But I ask, have we in the realm of public education brought about the dillemna of cheating? Are we too focused on results and standards in academic learning that we have forgotten to teach simple integrity as part of our curriculum?

1 Comments:

At 5:30 AM , Blogger Rolo said...

Found a lot of useful info on your site about Cheats - thank you. Haven't finished reading it yet but have bookmarked it so I don't lose it. I've just started a Cheats blog myself if you'd like to stop by

 

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