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  1. Marita Diffenbaugh said:

    Thank you for posing this question, Mark. I feel that cheating is never ok, because it stifles the growth in the individual. Sometimes in our society people allow others to “get away” with cheating, as a kind of favor. It is actually the worst kind of “gift” to give anyone.
    I can compare this to my puppy training (2 German Shorthair 10 week olds, Yikes!). They are so adorable and that makes it tempting to allow them to “cheat” or get away with jumping up on me now and then. Every time I allow this, it will mean a smack down for them in their future, when they try it again. Cheating = no good.
    Beautiful background, by the way!

  2. Dean Shareski said:

    I would also suggest that the simple solution of redoing work is the best way to deal with it. Obviously the first time students should receive the benefit of the doubt, particularly if it’s plagiarism with online work. They may just be ignorant. But even if it’s flagrant, rather than getting worked up about it, simply make it clear that they’ll have to redo the work. They may kick and scream but after a while, the message is clear and having to do something twice is not something students or any of us like.

  3. Deb Thonus said:

    With today’s technology, cheating has become so easy. Information is free and easily accessible, so perhaps students feel it is free to take without permission and in all situations. In my fourth grade class we always discuss the importance of owning the skill or knowledge so they can use it later to solve problems and manage daily tasks. Passing a test is not the point of education. It’s all about owning your knowledge, using it to become successful, and therefore giving yourself the power to make choices in your life. Knowledge IS power. My high school chemistry teacher would leave the room for short periods of time during testing. We knew we would be asked to sign an integrity pledge at the top of our tests before turning it in, “I did not give or receive information on this test,” followed by our signature. I have continued this tradition in my class. My students always ask, “Couldn’t someone cheat and sign the pledge anyway?” I respond that they could, but then what would that mean? They answer, “Then they would be lying, too!” Cheating is a form of lying and my students begin to understand the cost of cheating and the impact on their integrity. We discuss the value of one’s integrity and the fact that it is never worth losing it over a test grade. I don’t remember much high school chemistry, but I will never forget the lesson Miss Klug taught us! Thank you Mrs. Klug. I hope my students will thank me someday, too.

  4. Thomas McLaughlin said:

    Cheating is never OK. I just caught a student the other day. We have harsh consequences if a student is reported cheating. They get a zero, get pulled from organizations and worst of all it gets recorded on the records. If I catch a student the first time I make them re do the work in a different way but explain to them
    If they get caught cheating in college they can be dismissed and they would be out 10’s of thousands of dollars. Cheating at work can get you fired and in some jobs arrested. You may get away with it for a while but you will always get caught. Are you ready for the consequences

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