Cheaters – From Kindergarten to the Working World
Most discussions of the problems with our educational system center around what the people in charge are doing wrong. Too little funding, too lax testing, not enough good teachers, not enough pay for teachers, and the list goes on. However, the other side of the school system – the students – have a few problems of their own to fess up to. The biggest is cheating. Though a perennial problem is schools, dating back to the earliest days of institutionalized education, many suspect that the technological revolution has aided and abetted our students’ more devious temptations, with access to virtually all human knowledge always just a few clicks or taps away. And while we’d like to believe that cheating is a juvenile impulse confined to the youngsters in elementary school, the facts prove otherwise. Cheating persists long into college, deep into graduate school, and even into our working lives beyond. To cheat is human, to be sure. But is there anything we can do about it?