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Plagiarism

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Ethics in the United States has reached an all-time low. Each new generation carries with it the latest acceptable standards for ethics and plagiarism in the educational setting. Copious studies have been, and are still being, done on plagiarism. These studies have observed cheating in many forms, as well as the concept of how plagiarism and cheating are carried out.

The United States, in their quest to compete with the rest of the world, continues to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school. The pressure that is put on these students is what drives many of them to plagiarize or cheat, to be considered for these universities and colleges. The pressure that is being put on teachers in school systems, across the nation, is trickling down to the students. These students feel the pressure that their teachers are under and, in turn, feel pressured to get the grade anyway that is possible, even if it includes cheating.

The responsibility of stopping the plagiarism begins at home. Educators have a responsibility to ensure that they are educating their students, not only on the curriculum, but also on morals that this country was built on. Students need to be aware of all resources that are available to ensure that no plagiarism is taking place, as well as the resources that can be used, while researching or creating, to ensure that all sources are cited correctly and credit is given where due. The morals of our country continue to slide, and the future of the United States rests in the hands of the students that enter schools daily.

The claim that, “letting someone copy your homework is not considered cheating”, is not a true statement. Another student is being allowed to copy something that has the an...

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...a work that is a student created original. The government needs to launch a campaign against plagiarism and cheating to help ensure that students do not continue this trend. With all of these entities working together, the trend of plagiarism and cheating should be lessened, if not stopped.

Works Cited

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Postmodern World. State University of New York Press.

Cizek, G. J. (1999). Cheating on Tests : How to Do It, Detect It, and Prevent It.

Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Keith-Spiegel, P., & Whitley, B. E. (2001). Academic Dishonesty. Lawrence Erlbaum

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Lynch, L. (2011). Cheating in school: How the digital age affects cheating and

plagiarism. School.com. Retrieved from http://www.schools.com/visuals/academic-dishonesty.html?WT.qs_osrc=gensynd-cheater.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that ethics in the united states has reached an all-time low. copious studies have been done on plagiarism.
  • Analyzes how the united states encourages students to continue their education beyond high school. the pressure that is put on these students drives many of them to plagiarize or cheat to be considered for these universities and colleges.
  • Opines that the responsibility of stopping plagiarism begins at home. educators have a responsibility to ensure that they are educating their students on the curriculum, and on morals that this country was built on.
  • Argues that the claim that letting someone copy homework is not considered cheating isn't true. the complacency that this demonstrates is undermining our country.
  • Explains that plagiarism is a growing trend in schools across america. students fail to see how this can negatively affect, not only themselves, but also america in general.
  • Analyzes how cheating among the american public has become a way of life for many and is not being addressed.
  • Concludes that almost every report on cheating has concluded that it is rampant.
  • Opines that the main focus needs to be on the motivation behind cheating behaviors. there are many reasons that students cheat, not the least of which is peer pressure.
  • Opines that plagiarism is a growing concern for all aspects of the country. to be effective, the motivation behind cheating and plagiarism needs to be diminished, if not extinct.
  • Opines that the government needs to launch a campaign against plagiarism and cheating to ensure that students do not continue this trend.
  • Explains how the digital age affects cheating in schools.
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