Cheating your way out of an education

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cheating[1]by Worth Beard
Eagle Staff

Cheating is a problem within the educational system that cannot and will never be completely fixed.

As well, cheating is a reality that cannot be escaped even at the most respected institutions.

Educators should know that it is near impossible to rid a school of cheating.

The only way to hinder the act of cheating is to discourage students from doing so by showing them the everlasting effects.

An example of this is at Rice University. The first offense, which can be as simple as a small paragraph that you copy and paste off of the Internet for an essay, can lead to a suspension from the University for up to three semesters.

Students think that cheating will help them get ahead and eventually into the college of their choice.

This is very far from the truth, and in the long run their lack of knowledge will lead to their ultimate downfall.

Cheating your way through school will catch up to you when it comes to taking standardized tests.

There is no true trick to taking the SAT and ACT. One of the best ways to prepare for standardized testing is through rigorous classes and proper schooling throughout one’s life.

Cheating also leads to potentially failing the final. If you go throughout the semester cheating, you get incredibly behind. When the finals roll around you will fail, dreadfully harming your average.

Students should not cheat because it does not only drastically change your attitude about school, but it changes your attitude about life. These dishonest people start to not take life seriously, expecting everything to be given to them. When looking at cheating from a moral sense, it completely goes against all things that we have been taught. Cheating is a habit forming act. Once a student starts to cheat, it will lead to further problems such as theft and defiance of the law. This dishonesty is a horrible idea and I highly recommend to turn away from this awful act.

Another problem with those who habitually cheat is the once they have done it so much, they refuse to accept they are doing it and start to make excuses and blaming other people. An example of this is the students blaming their cheating on the teacher because the teacher is an “easy target.” That is no excuse, and the blame is not on the teachers. It is not their job to constantly prevent the students from cheating.

Overall, cheating is detrimental to your character and leads to problems further down the road. Students who really embody our motto of goodness, discipline, and knowledge should refrain from this immoral act.

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