Cheating at School
Why Cheat? What would make a person want to cheat? Do students cheat to do better in a particular class? To make them appear smarter? Is it just a lack of judgment in their character? No matter the reason, cheating is wrong. It is deceitful, dishonest, and hurtful to yourself and possibly those around you. Cheating can be anything from peeking at another students work during a quiz or exam to plagiarizing, to having someone else do assigned work for you. Whether a cheaters reasoning seems appropriate to them at the time, cheating is wrong under any circumstances.Anyone who cheats will have to suffer the effects when they are caught. Cheating can hurt your future and can also hurt the futures of others that may have been involved.
Why is cheating wrong? It is not your work. A cheater is taking away from their abilities and the people you are cheating off of. It is lying. A cheater is more than likely lying to themselves and the people around them. A person can only go so far before their lies catch up to them, begin to overlap, and start to betray you. For every action there is a reaction.With cheating come consequences.
A cheater may get kicked out of their college or university. Your transcripts will then show that you were caught cheating. This can have a huge effect on other schools deciding to accept you as a student. Along with being kicked out, a cheater may lose all financial help they have received. Cheaters could also be stuck paying back any financial aid they have already received. The person or persons that the cheater used to cheat may get in trouble too. Even if this person was not aware they were being cheated off of.
These are things that should be considered before a person decides to cheat. To do well in school you need to work hard, study hard, and do your own work. People attend college to further their education so they can have a better job, which may lead to a better life. If a person is cheating they are not receiving the education they may need. If a cheater does not get caught and punished while still in school, it may still catch up to them in the real world when they realize they do not have the necessary skills to erform certain job functions. Cheating can also be very embarrassing. If a person is caught cheating, everyone around them knows that they are deceitful.
Other students may not want to be friends or help the cheater in any way. Students that share a class with a known cheater may sit as far away from the cheater as possible. This can affect other student’s ability to concentrate in class or during a test; because they may be too worried about making sure the cheater is not looking at their work.This attention should be focused on a student’s own work, not on what the cheater is doing. Some students who cheat may not really need to cheat. They may just feel they are not good enough, or they need to do better to impress someone else. They may need to impress other students, their teachers, parents, or bosses.
Students who cheat that don’t need to cheat should be punished with the same severity as any other cheater. Teachers may feel that these “good” students have been cheating all along, and this is why they are a good student.Students who cheat may feel they are doing the right thing because they just didn’t have time to study for this one test. They tell themselves it will only be this one time. Wouldn’t it be easier to at least try it on your own? If you get a horrible grade on the assignment, you may be able to ask the teacher for extra credit or extra time to complete the assignment. The cheater may have a good reason for not being able to study. Some teachers may listen to these reasons and sympathize with the student and help out anyway they can within reason and fairness to other students.
It is never ok to cheat, no matter what the cheaters reason may be. It is not fair to the cheater or to the students around the cheater who are trying to get a fair and equal education. It is not fair to the teachers or staff that has to monitor cheating. Students will feel better about themselves if the work they are turning in is their own. Work that comes from studying and understanding of the assignment, not work that comes from someone else.