Ethics In The Classroom

The Importance of Ethics in Education


In our present age of technology where all information seems readily available and easily obtained through the internet and through emails, ethics in education is becoming even more important than it ever was. In the past people needed to really work hard if they wished to plagiarize individuals or to somehow obtain information for tests and other educational material. Today there is so much information and it is so easily obtained that all one needs to generally do is cut and paste information and never give credit where credit is due. As one author notes, "With a few clicks of the mouse, students simply can ‘cut and paste' the information they need" (Olson, 2005; 17A).

In light of these things it seems that ethics in education is taking on a different focus in ensuring students learn about the importance of ethics in education. Simply because the information is everywhere and readily available does not mean that the information does not rightfully belong to someone, and it does not mean that this ease of accessing information is supposed to eliminate the need for students to actually learn. Papers such as this one are a perfect example. While many students may believe that "tutorial" papers such as this one can essentially be turned in as the student's work, the entire point of such papers is to merely assist students, not do their work for them. This is the reason papers such as produced by this particular company must be used and cited properly in order to ensure the student learn and not commit acts of plagiarism. With these possibilities and realities in mind the following paper presents a tutorial examination of why ethics are so important in education.

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Olson, Scott (June 2005). Schools face prevalence of online plagiarism: educators try to thwart growing cheating problem as Web sites make it easy for students to purchase papers. Indianapolis Business Journal, 26(13), 17A-18A.

Sterngold, Arthur (May-June 2004). Confronting plagiarism: how conventional teaching invites cyber-cheating. Change, 36(3), 16-21.

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