Pop Quiz: To Catch a Cheater
“I learned that teachers aren’t as stupid as some people think they are…”
This quote, from a student caught cheating, comes from a fairly old article from the US News called The Cheating Game. It outlines a widespread problem in the country with regards to students cheating in school. Even though the article is fairly old, it is still representative of a trend that has not disappeared. If anything, its getting easier to cheat.
Simply type the words ‘cheating in school’ into your search engine of choice, and you will be overwhelmed with the number of current articles, books, or videos about successful cheating moments (you are going to hate this kid).
With first semester exams in the book, an email was sent our by our Dean of Students congratulating the faculty on the fact that no students were caught cheating during finals week. To curb cheating this year, faculty members were asked not to bring any grading, computers, tablets, or iPads into any exams they were proctoring. They were also asked to circulate throughout the room for the entirety of the exam, and not to sit down at a their desk.
I know students sometimes attempt to cheat, but never did I think it was a problem at our school, which would require the faculty to go to great lengths to discourage students from attempting to cheat. Yet, apparently it was our first ever cheating free finals exams week. Hooray?
My question to all you SODers out there: How far do you/your school go to curb cheating?
Featured image: Richard