Cheating to Success Essay

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Today the world is much more connected by technology than ever before. Access to limitless information is all but a search away. Information ranging from how to cook a meal to the text of the declaration of independence with detailed annotations. Today the possibilities are limitless. Not only is it available in the household on the “old fashioned” home PC, but now due to smart phones access to information is anywhere and anytime. Is that ease of access affecting the learning process of today’s youth? Could students not be learning the material and simply just be doing a web search for it. Why bother and learn the material, when it can just be looked up whenever it is wanted. The current generation is both benefiting and loosing from the …show more content…
That’s nearly every student that admits to cheating however, there will always be a couple student who won’t say they have. What exactly is cheating, is it when a student looks at their neighbor’s answers, or writes a paper similar to something online? In reality it’s both and more, it’s whenever somebody copies someone else’s work, or tries to pass off somebody else’s work as their own. Could the cheating be unintentional? As Laura Tillman says many students have different definitions of cheating and may not even realize that they are doing it. All of this access to technology has made students doubt what they consider cheating. It can’t be cheating if it’s available to everyone right? At that point it is just taking advantage of the new technology present. It should be there to help when needed, and not to answer every question. Advances In technology have spread the knowledge to those that normally wouldn’t be able to have it; however, that does not mean it should be used to pass the class. Students cheat because their whole lives are defined by the education they receive, and when the stakes are so high what else is there to do. Is that education in danger? Is it possible that the scholastic system is to blame rather than the students? It seems as if schools are more focused on how well their students do on standardized tests as opposed to how well their pupils learn (Duncan).

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