Cheating Helps Students to Learn

Cheating Helps Students to Learn




CHEATING HELPS STUDENTS TO LEARN



      Every action has a consequence, whether it is good or bad. The choices you make can follow you the rest of your life. Cheating refers to an immoral way of achieving a goal. Cheating is an issue that affects many students at one time or another throughout their education. There are many different ways to cheat: copying homework, looking over at a peers test, plagiarizing, and so on.
      Cheating behaviors are becoming increasingly pervasive and frequent in academic context (McCabe & Trevino, 1997; McCabe, Trevino & Butterfield, 2001), with grave repercussions on the main mission of any educational institution: to promote the acquisition of actual knowledge and competences in students (Whitley & Keith-Spiegel, 2001). Longitudinal research in school environments reported an increase in cheating over the last decades, and a decrease in individuals’ perceived severity of dishonest behavior (Murdock, Hale & Weber, 2001).
      Today’s high school and college students openly admit that academic cheating has become both pervasive and expected. As many as 80% to 90% of students cheat prior to graduating from high school, and a similar percentage cheat during their undergraduate years (Davis, Grover, Becker, & McGregor, 1992; McCabe & Trevino, 1997). Many students admit to cheating only once; however, for a substantial minority, the behavior is repetitive (Hollinger & Lanza-Kaduce, 1996; McCabe & Trevino, 1997). Moreover, cheating rates have risen steadily over the past 30 years, coupled with a growing majority of students who believe that cheating is acceptable in some circumstances (Cizek, 1999; Evans & Craig, 1990a, 1990b; Schab, 1991).
      Since cheating is obviously wrong, arguments against it (it provides an unfair advantage, it hinders learning) need only be mentioned in passing. But the argument of unfair advantage absurdly takes education to be essentially a race of all against all; moreover, it ignores that many...

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