If a high school lets cheaters prosper, students will learn the lesson, writes Marianne Jennings, who was invited to speak on ethics at a Phoenix high school.
There was growing insurrection as I outlined the consequences of cheating. They booed, and then they laughed hysterically. The infomercial administrator called in security to man the aisles. I had visions of pitch forks storming the stage. They soon stopped listening. A couple in the front row needed abstinence training, most particularly its importance in public auditoriums.
. . . Last year several students at this school cheated on a math final. When the instructor proposed a penalty, the parents protested mightily. No action was taken against the students.
The school has a culture of looking the other way. These students know that you can cheat and get away with it. My message was laughable, given their life and academic experiences. They also know their parents are a safety net. Administrators back down on penalties. The honest students can’t figure out why they should care when no one else does.
Via Number 2 Pencil.
Ms Frizzle has a good post on honesty in her clasroom and out.
Update: Some New York City teachers admit to changing the scores of students who just barely failed Regents’ essay exams so they’ll get a diploma. It’s called “scrubbing”. Or cheating.