Some very good observations.
If you love cringes – and hey, who doesn’t? – then walk into a school and try to start a conversation about cheating.
Depending on the school, I suspect you’ll find a superficial consensus (cheating is terrible! and, thankfully, our students do it very rarely!) masking deep rifts. Is the problem with cheating that it undercuts your own learning? That it steals glory from classmates in the zero-sum competition for grades? That it betrays the teacher’s trust? Are all acts of cheating equally terrible, and if not, what does that mean for “zero tolerance” policies?
We all know cheating is bad. But we seem unable to talk honestly about why.
So, I offer up these dialogue-starting cartoons, a few badly drawn meditations on the most basic question: Why do students cheat?
Is cheating a crime of character, or of opportunity?
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