One of the ongoing trends in the news has been the rise of cheating in America’s prestigious schools. My old high school, Stuyvesant, and even universities, like Harvard, have been plagued by this new phenomenon that has left many people perplexed. A lot of explanations were offered as to why a Stuyvesant student decided to send a mass text to seventy-one other students on a state issued Regents exam. “This self-admitted cheater lacks both honesty and any moral compass. And no, it’s not the fault of the schools or the teachers, but clearly his family has failed to teach him the basics of right and wrong,” responded Mugsy66 on a New Yorker article. Meanwhile, the newly appointed principal, post-scandal, of Stuyvesant High School told reporters “I have not been made aware … or have a reason to believe that there is ongoing cheating there.” Well, newsflash – everybody cheats at Stuyvesant High School, and we’re not the only school with cheaters. If you’re my age, you won’t be surprised to learn that 75-98% of college students surveyed each year have admitted to cheating in high school.
If you are of the older generation and are perplexed by such high percentages, it is because times are changing – only 20% of college students admitted to cheating in high school during the 1940s. The reason being is not poor parenting or a shrinkage of the temporo- Continue reading