Is There a Solution?

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It is 2:15 a.m., and you have just finished creating a paper for your English class. Your eyelids are drooping, so you decide you will drag yourself to bed for a few hours of sleep. You no more than fall asleep (it feels) and your alarm clocks goes off. It is 7:00 a.m. and you think, "I'll just lay here for five more minutes." Next thing you know, it is 7:45 a.m., you are just getting up, and you have class at 8:00 a.m. You rush around and make it to school on time, but realize that you forgot to do your physics and calculus homework because you were so focused on your English paper. You would have had time for all your homework if your basketball practice had not run so late! All of your friends can tell you are very upset about this, so they offer you their homework to copy. You take it (even though you know it is wrong) and complete your homework that is due the next period. In today's society, this type of scenario seems to be common place. Many people are trying to devise a master plan, a solution that will end cheating, something so ingenious that it will stop cheating in its tracks. However, I feel we should look at every angle before trying to create a plan to motivate students to stop the cheating. There are many different people with many different reasons or ideas to explain why cheating occurs. These people sometimes have a solution that they think will stop cheating, but it usually revolves around one central theme. I believe if we combine all of these ideas, we will be more prepared to formulate a possible solution to this, but it will have to be a well-rounded one. All of the bases will need to be covered. Technology, teachers, morals and values seem to be three major points surrounding the issu... ... middle of paper ... ...if we can stand together and help our students realize that cheating is a choice, we can help them choose not to. Works Cited Slobogin, Kathy. "CNN.com - Survey: Many Students Say Cheating's OK - April 5, 2002." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. Cable New Network, 05 Apr. 2002. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. Staples, Brent. "Cutting and Pasting - A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) - NYTimes.com." Nytimes.com. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 12 July 2010. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. . Supon, Viola. "Teachers: Recognize Important Steps To Reduce Cheating." Journal Of Instructional Psychology 35.4 (2008): 376-379. Academic Search Complete. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.

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