Monday, September 24, 2012

Purpose to Plagiarism

Access to technology helps to explain the recent cheating phenomenon. Smartphones help to make cheating mobile and give students the option to google correct answers. Another explanation to cheating that was mentioned in the article was the decline of ethics in the classroom. Students have lowered their standards and their work ethics, but still expect academic excellence. The article says that cheating isn't always student-based. Parental help and revision along with unclear rules regarding cheating and plagiarism. Not all students understand the border between using sources and plagiarizing. The copy and paste option is an easy out for students who don't realize that changing one word in the Wikipedia sentence does not make the writing original. Cheating is a serious issue that needs to be addressed in Okoboji as well as in schools throughout the nation. It was mentioned in the article that students are "counseled on everything from food to friendships...but little to no time is spent on cheating." I think this should be taken into consideration by teachers and students alike to help stop the cycle of cheating.

4 comments:

  1. It can be so confusing to know if on an open book test, is Google off limits, and why would it be if you can look up all of the answers through another means that is almost required. These limitations create confusion for this area.

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  2. I agree with you. Besides the technology that we have offered, the lowering of standards really has helped cause the amount of cheating there is. Many people don't see why it's so important not to cheat or just don't care.

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  3. I also believe that the problem of cheating is not addressed enough. The issue should be explained more in depth to minimize confusion. The policies that are made for cheating at each school should be understood by every student.

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  4. Copying and pasting from Wiki doesn't make it our work and shouldn't be excepted in school. We all have done it though even when we know its wrong. Our Schools need to do more to teach/ inform us on how cheating is not accepted anywhere!

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