_Cheating in school is rampant and getting worse. Sixty-four percent of students cheated on a test in the past year and 38 percent did so two or more times, up from 60 percent and 35 percent in a 2006 survey.
_Thirty-six percent said they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment, up from 33 percent in 2004.
Thirty percent said they’ve stolen from a store in the past year.
However, 93 percent were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 percent agreed that “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.”
Educators blame overloaded schedules and college pressures for students’ willingness to cheat on tests and plagiarize papers.
I wonder if the stress on group projects has persuaded students that they can turn in someone else’s work as their own. And, of course, the Internet makes it easy to plagiarize — though it’s easy to get caught too. (If you go online, you can find students complaining that the custom essay they bought online was plagiarized from old essays.)
Some of my old newspaper columns are being sold by essay companies. I wonder if I could demand a cut of the proceeds. Or perhaps the San Jose Mercury News, which owns the rights, should go for a percentage. They need the money.