The Downside of Cheating

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Stanford University’s mechanical engineer David L. Jaffe and Professor Drew Nelson discovered that while about 20% of college students admitted to cheating in high school during the 1940s, today between 75 and 85 percent of college students surveyed each year reported having cheated in high school. (Jaffe, David L and Nelson, Professor Drew) Why do people cheat? The most dominant reason people cheat on tests is that they did not study. Some people think for them to pass they have to cheat; it is the only way out. The pressure of a student knowing one test can decide or change your future. Knowing the consequences of failing people will go out of their way just to cheat for a high grade. Some students are lazy and believe cheating is easier than studying hard. Cell phones, gaming consoles, laptops technology can be a big distraction to all students in our generation. Certain students don’t have enough discipline to listen to their conscience because everyone knows what’s right and what’s wrong. Friends and partying can be a huge distraction that’s why students don’t study. Friends will try to get you to go to parties and do things that’s illegal that’s why parents are very worried about who their children hang out with. Then you have students who honestly don’t have time to study. Not everyone can afford college or living on campus so some study has to get a job to support them. Unfortunately, a thing in life happens where people have children and they don’t have any time to study. Stress can play a tool on student’s mental health or their physical health to when they can’t study at all. Another cause as to why students cheat on tests is because of the testing process. A student that notices other students cheating makes th... ... middle of paper ... ...n post-secondary degrees” (Carnevale, Smith and Strohl). Most jobs in the future will require you to take a test to qualify for it and jobs need people who know what they are doing. If you cheat on a test you are not gaining knowledge, you are just writing it. Works Cited Carnevale, Anthony P, Nicole Smith and Jeff Strohl. "Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018." 15 June 2010. Georgetown.edu. Web. 07 March 2014. Jaffe, David L, and Professor Nelson, Drew. “Academic Cheating Fact Sheet.” Standford.edu. Stanford University, 30 July 2013. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. Strauss, Valerie. “How Students are being set Up to Fail.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 16 Aug 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2014 Miners, Zach. “One Third of Teens Use Cellphones to Cheat in School.” US News. News & World Report Lp, 23 June 2009. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

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