Friday, September 21, 2012

Good Grades With Cheating > Bad Grades Without?

Cheating has become a monumental problem in today's schools and work places. I agree with what the article said about cheating becoming easier and easier and technology gets more involved with homework and tests. Although, with time I think that computers will become more secure with being able to watch what students are doing and what's opened on whose computers - if that makes sense. Despite the fact that with technology excelling and becoming more advanced, it makes us lazier as people. I've noticed in classes that us as students would rather Google answers than finding the answer in our books or working them out on our own. I also agree that I don't think people really understand what plagiarism means. Dictionary.com defines plagiarism as an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author. So, in class we'll be doing an assignment and somebody will read something and then they'll just change words around by using thesaurus.com or something like that because they think that makes it okay and that it isn't plagiarism. Lastly, I also like the statement they made about some students needing to cheat to survive because some people really feel that way, but it's still wrong. I'm sure that teachers would rather have you do your own work and get bad grades and in turn learn from your mistakes rather than getting good grades just from cheating. It's a bad habit students are making and it starts a cycle that is hard to break once you start it. Plagiarism and cheating are both becoming increasingly worse with technology becoming more prominent in our lives. It's up to us to change the cycle.

3 comments:

  1. Really interesting information Maddie! Everything you said made sense to me, and at the end, I like how you ended with "It is up to us" because I do believe that technology has made us become lazier, and technology does give us the benefit by not thinking on our own, but if we want to be successful later on in life, we have to learn to think on our own. If we choose to think on our own, it will make us smarter. So basically, I agree with the fact that it is for us to decide whether or not we want to be part of a generation of students who know how to think on our own and end a cycle that has been going on for years, or be a part of a generation of students who choose not to care, be lazy, and not push their critical thinking skills to the limit.

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  2. Maddie, I really like how you emphasize the idea of doing your own work. Even if you do fail an assignment or a test, teachers would much prefer you doing your own, honest work.

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  3. I agree with you Maddie. Many people are just becoming to used to cheating. They see that it is easier than doing the work themselves and don't want to do their own work after that. It's important that we stop the bad habits of cheating and plagiarizing that many people have fallen to.

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