Saturday, April 28, 2012

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying….

So I’ll make a generalization from my eleven years of teaching; some of the most academically intelligent students are some of the biggest cheaters.  That’s right.  Out of all the classes I’ve taught, nothing comes close to students with something to lose trying to maneuver the system for a slight advantage.  And it actually makes sense when you think about it.  Those kids that don’t really want to be there anyway don’t feel the need to cheat.  Those that feel that their grades mean something are more inclined to take the risk. 

I rarely have a problem with cheating anyway.  The first time results in a zero on the assignments and I have yet to have needed to come up with a second offense consequence.  Well, Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California has a pretty simple rule for Honors level classes; cheat and you are back down the ladder.  That kind of zero tolerance system has annoyed the Berghouse family, who apparently had a child that cheated in an Honors English class.  The child was sent down to college prep English, something that the Berghouses certainly could stand for.  So naturally they sued the school district.  Oh, and the parents signed a sheet acknowledging the consequence at the beginning of the year.  And the parents fully admit that the kid cheated.  But none of that matters because the school is obviously in the wrong for having rules and following them. 

The hope is that the school holds firm and that the judge basically demands that the parents pay the school for wasting resources on this idiotic lawsuit.   

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