Geniuses or cheaters?
by cclar6 on September 16, 2013 - 10:52pm
In today’s society, it seems that the principle of education has lost its value. Students are more concerned about the grade they receive on an assignment rather than the knowledge they retain in the process.
While it is true that the fundamental purpose of school is to get a good education, there is more than one way to go about it. As a student, I know firsthand that getting an “A” is the main goal that my peers and I are aiming toward. However, with all of distractions of technology and social media, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of procrastination. When it comes time to take a test, we can feel overwhelmed and unprepared, causing us to take as drastic of measures as cheating, just as the students from Stuyvesant High School were caught doing.
“But the scandal is not that today’s young people lack a moral compass. Rather, it’s that we’ve imposed upon our brightest teenagers a system that drives them crazy and impels them to act contrary to their nature,” (Bukiet, 2012.) I agree completely that pressure from school pushes students to their breaking points. When teachers pile on the homework and tests, students panic and have trouble managing their time. I believe that cheating is a result of students being stressed out and just trying to cram the information into their brains. Instead of taking the time to learn and absorb the material, they learn it shallowly, just so they can regurgitate it onto a test paper for a grade. It is this problem that drives kids to do dishonest things that I think they otherwise wouldn’t do.
Bukiet, M. (2012, July). Why Smart Kids Cheat.
New York Daily News