The Cheating Scandal Of Stuyvesant High School

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Students Are Suspended in Stuyvesant Cheating
In the perspective of a Functionalist, a limited amount of crime is necessary of all societies (Farley and Flota 2013, 315). The cheating scandal that occurred at Stuyvesant High School would be described by Durkheim and other Functionalists as normal and beneficial to the entire high school. Deviance, in this case cheating, enables societies to adapt (Farley and Flota 2013, 315). By punishing the twelve students and speculating punishment for 54 other students, the hierarchy of the school system is being maintained (Baker 2012). The faculty is making it clear that the school rejects academic dishonesty which in turn helps define what is approved. Due to the large-scale that cheating occurred, the faculty had to adapt their policies to regain control. The following year, 17 cell phones were confiscated from students on the first day of school (Baker 2012). Although there was already a no cell phone policy in place, the staff acted in a stricter matter than before the cheating incident in to regain control over the students (Farley and Flota 2013, 315).
Studies Find More Students Cheating, With High Achievers No Exception In Durkheim 's theory, A Society of Saints, he attempts to imagine a world with no deviance whatsoever. Eventually, he realized that this was impossible and that even in a society of seemingly perfect people, deviance exists (Farley and Flota 2012, 315). In today’s society, prestigious schools, like Stuyvesant…

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